Tanya Mondovska is escorted into a prison truck after being sentenced at Liverpool Court.A WOMAN who conned a family out of a diamond ring they were selling for urgent treatment of their sick child has been sentenced to three years in jail.
Tanya Mondovska, sildenafil 25, was convicted on Wednesday at Liverpool Court after pleading guilty to 11 counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception, with a non-parole period of 18 months.
The scammer from Liverpool, who was convicted of a string of fraud offences all engineered through online trading site Gumtree between December 2014 and February 2015, visited the Mills family in Newport in January, in response to an ad for a gold, diamond and ruby ring worth $9000.
Ina Mills holding son Roki and (inset) the ruby and diamond ring Mondovska stole. The ring, which was donated by an aunt to mum Ina Mills, was being auctioned by the family for urgent medical treatment of then-18-month-old son Roki, born with cerebral palsy and brain damage. Mondovska offered to pay $7000 for the ring and faked a bank transfer on her mobile phone, showing a false receipt to Mrs Mills.
Roki had had two stem cell treatments in India and a third and final treatment was planned for February, each trip costing $40,000 for the treatment, flights and accommodation.
However, Mondovska didn’t stop there. After leaving the Mills’ home, she went to a Beverly Hills residence in response to a Gumtree ad for a $4000 white gold and diamond ring, similarly faking another bank transfer on her mobile.
“She had little regard to the circumstances of the persons parting with the property,” Magistrate David Degnan said.
Mondovska in court today.
When asked what she spent the money on, she said “gambling, Your Honour”.
While close to tears, Mondovska made several efforts to apologise for her actions.
“I’m very sorry for what I’ve done. It shouldn’t have been done in the first place. I’m not even sure why I did it,” she said.
In addition to three years in jail, Magistrate Degnan ordered Mondovska to pay compensation costs to her 10 victims, most of whom were conned out of expensive rings, to the amount of $51,700.
Tanya Mondovska entering Liverpool Court for her first sentencing, date which was adjourned.
She was further ordered to pay $1248 in compensation for an iPhone 6 she stole from a Kogarah woman in November last year.
The unemployed con artist lived with her mother and grandmother in a flat on George St in Liverpool.
As a carer for her grandmother, she was receiving Centrelink payments of $700 a fortnight.
The Mills family was happy with the outcome.
“We are relieved that she is not doing this to other people anymore and, hopefully, she can somehow turn her life around and learn something from this ordeal,” Ina Mills said.
The diamond and ruby ring, along with two others, were recovered from a jeweller in Sydney CBD, to whom Mondovska had sold several of the rings.
Mondovska was convicted of a string of fraud charges committed between December 2014 and February 2015.
According to court documents, Mondovska managed to dupe her victims by showing them receipts which were actually duplicates of original receipts, replicated numerous times with the last few digits altered manually by the fraudster.
The court documents further revealed that each victim stated she had spent a “decent amount of time” on her phone when pretending to make the deposits.
CONWOMAN REARRESTED MINUTES AFTER BEING RELEASED
The conwoman was rearrested after trying to leave Liverpool Police station in February.
Mondovska’s sentencing comes after two previous dates were adjourned due to special circumstances.
She did not have legal representation today and, despite several attempts to adjourn her sentencing for two more weeks to confer with a lawyer, she was overruled and forced to represent herself.
She was quiet when led out of the courtroom by officers.
Source : http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/