Beauty and the Geek star Jordan Finlayson convicted of credit card theft
A troubled former reality star and ex-NRL cheerleader with a ‘serious’ drug problem has admitted to stealing three credit cards from attendees at a party where she was a waitress.
Jordan Ray Finlayson, 31, faced Sydney Downing Center Local Court on Wednesday via audiovisual link, where she was dressed in her prison greens with her long blonde hair pulled back into a half ponytail.
The former Beauty and the Geek contestant has been charged with possessing identity information with intent to commit fraud after she was caught with the NSW driving licenses and debit cards of three men between January 29 and February 2 at Botany.
According to police, Finlayson had pictures of the cards on her phone, which she allegedly gave to someone else to defraud the three victims.
The Rosebery resident was working as a waitress at a private bachelor party when she took photos of men’s credit cards and licenses.
“Buck’s party was a pool party and the guests put their bags in the front room, leaving their wallets and possessions behind,” the court documents state.
She took the photos while using the front room to dress, according to court documents.
In the weeks following the male party, each of the three men noticed that their bank cards had been compromised and multiple transactions had been made without their knowledge.
One of the men received a notice from Centrelink that he had received $750 from NSW Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments, and a payment to the corporate bookmaking service Neds.com.au for 4 $900.
He also attempted to file a tax return in April this year and was told one had already been submitted and an ABN had been requested on his behalf.
The second victim had his bank details updated in Centrelink and noticed several fraudulent transactions, including coffee bought from Haymarket and Uber rides he did not take.
“He subsequently received notification from Centrelink that a $750 Covid Disaster Payment had been made and processed on his behalf,” the court documents state.
The third victim had five of his credit and debit cards used without his knowledge.
Finlayson was arrested on February 17, when police found images of the men’s licenses and ten of their bank cards on her phone.
She has remained in detention ever since.
The prosecution does not allege that Finlayson had anything to do with the fraudulent transactions, nor that she derived any benefit from possessing their licenses and bank card details.
The 31-year-old initially pleaded not guilty to the charge in March but quietly changed her plea in July when she was due to undergo a hearing.
Defense attorney Daniel Grippi told the court that Finlayson was on parole when she raped her with that offense in February.
He urged the magistrate not to sentence her to further custody, so that she could be taken to a residential rehabilitation center to work on her “serious” drug problems.
Magistrate Alison Viney admitted the guilty plea and granted a slight remission on the sentence.
“It’s not a trivial offence; it is punishable by up to seven years in prison,” Ms Viney told the former reality TV star.
“People steal identity information for all kinds of nefarious purposes…not saying that was your intention, but someone got their hands on that information you acquired and used it.
“It’s so disruptive to someone’s life.”
Ms Viney sentenced the 31-year-old to a community correction order to be served in the community for 12 months.
However, Finlayson will have to undergo a new parole hearing for the violation as a release offer.
“At that time, I hope you will have the opportunity to attend residential drug treatment,” the magistrate said.
“I sincerely hope that once admitted to a rehabilitation program, your path forward will be much more successful.”
Finlayson nodded and thanked the magistrate.
Her recent struggles with the law emerged just months after the former reality TV star pledged to turn her life around when she was released from prison for drug offenses stemming from her drug addiction. $5000 per day.
Finlayson will face a parole hearing in the coming months.