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Woman Racks Up 200K In Data Charges

We have just learned that a 33 year old woman from Australia is in debt of $193,187.43 after being sentenced to a year and a half in prison for stealing a SIM card from a utility meter. The woman’s name is Kylie Maree Monks and the sentence came after she plead guilty to computer-related fraud, receiving stolen property, and one count of making a false statement.

She was also charged for stealing a SIM card from a utility meter, that had a WiFi connection Telstra’s wireless broadband network. The power company that owned the meter of the stolen SIM card, Aurora Energy, lost $193K in internet data charges between Nov. 19, 2009 and Feb. 9, 2010. Over three months, nearly 200,000 dollars were accrued.

The lady charged, Monks, denied any knowledge of the stolen card at first but eventually told investigators that she had been given the card by a man who had asked her to download movies for him. LOL. Anyways, the moral of the story is that you shouldn’t steal property that doesn’t belong to, especially when that property is tied to a service (television, Internet, etc.). I hope those charges get reduced eventually because that’s quite a large sum of money to pay up.

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