A convicted fraudster who stole from small businesses in Dubbo and across the central west has successfully appealed the severity of a sentence handed down in the Local Court.
Pita Taurau, 42, of Dubbo, was jailed in June for bouncing thousands of dollars worth of cheques.
In the Dubbo District Court on Wednesday the 40-month term of imprisonment Taurau was sentenced to by Magistrate Gary Wilson was quashed by Judge Nanette Williams.
Judge Williams imposed a three-year intensive corrections order sentence, which means Taurau can serve the term of imprisonment in the community and not in jail. As part of the new sentence, Taurau will also be required to undertake 200 hours of community service. Judge Williams also banned Taurau from applying for more cheque books from banks.
Taurau, who is a New Zealand citizen and has been in receipt of pension payments from the Australian and New Zealand governments, must also pay back $5880 to Mathews Motorcycles and Marine after he used a fraudulent cheque to pay for a second hand Honda.