Woman pleads guilty to $55k fraud

A WOMAN charged with defrauding a Warwick real estate agency of $55,000 pleaded guilty yesterday in the District Court.

Josephine Margaret Bourke, 54, appeared before Judge Tutt charged with one count of fraud involving misuse of a sum of money in her possession over $5000.

Bourke, whose address is listed as Rosenthal Heights in Warwick, will be sentenced at the next sitting of the District Court in Warwick, set down for April 6.

Bourke last appeared in the Warwick Courthouse on September 30 last year where she was committed to stand trial over the charge by Magistrate Anne Thacker.

At that time the police prosecutor handed up exhibits for the trial, including a trust account audit and records of bank deposits.

Several witnesses were also listed as being due to give evidence at the trial.

Bourke was not required to enter a plea or make any statement in September.

She was formally arraigned during her brief appearance in court yesterday before pleading guilty to the fraud charge.

The District Court is the mid-level of the Queensland judicial system, between the Magistrates and Supreme Courts, visiting Warwick several times a year.



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