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'Dishonest' Tassie wife avoids jail

AAP logoAAP 28/09/2016

A Hobart woman who forged her husband's signature to apply for credit cards and bank loans worth tens of thousands of dollars has received a suspended jail sentence for offences that included dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage.

Nicole Lee Sampey, 40, on Wednesday was ordered by the Supreme Court to repay $24,600 to GE Capital and be of good behaviour for 18 months as part of a six-month suspended jail sentence while her now-estranged husband continues to repay another loan.

"The serious aspect of your conduct is that it involved clear dishonesty," Justice Michael Brett said, further noting that Sampey was ill-equipped and under pressure to manage the family's finances, with at least one of the fraudulent credit cards being used solely to make mortgage repayments.

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