Photographic Fraud

Roo

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Sep 12, 2013
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Don't know how this guy thought he would get away with it but he did for a while...

A Kellyville-based wedding photographer allegedly fleeced more than $170,000 from camera hire companies who loaned him professional equipment that he later pawned. Mark Jones, 47, who ran a wedding photography business called Jonah Photography, was arrested on Saturday Police allege he carried out the frauds between July 2013 and May 2015, hiring out expensive equipment from a string of different businesses, including Canon Australia. After hiring the cameras, he allegedly pawned them at stores across Sydney. The father-of-two was arrested at a Pawnshop in Blacktown on Saturday and charged with nine counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception. The matter will return to Central Local Court on December 9.

From the Daily Telegraph Local news section
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/the-hills/crime-roundup-including-woman-charged-with-kellyville-break-and-enter/story-fngr8i1f-1227637581388
 
May 8, 2013
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Well the "Criminal Mastermind" is mostly fiction. Most criminals are rather stupid and short sighted and only looking for immediate benefits, which is ultimately good for LE.
 

Famateur

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Oct 9, 2012
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Only one question: Does he shoot Canon or Nikon? :p

Or Sony. :-X

That's what matters, after all, right? ::) :p
 
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Famateur said:
Only one question: Does he shoot Canon or Nikon? :p

Or Sony. :-X

That's what matters, after all, right? ::) :p
" hiring out expensive equipment from a string of different businesses, including Canon Australia." At least some of it was Canon
 

Khufu

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Aug 2, 2013
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The charge is ridiculous, who comes up with this crap? Doesn't exactly imply that he sold stolen items, which he had stolen, which is obviously the case. Makes it sound like he was running a pyramid scheme or something!
I genuinely had to re-read this because the daft charges made me feel I'd missed something...
 

Khufu

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distant.star said:
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But what do his pictures look like??
In my opinion: "meh"
http://www.jonahphotography.com.au/weddings/colour/

...though he's apparently not shot any of these since 2003, according to his website. Must have been making pennies by other means!

Also, a very quick Google search takes you right to his studio door ;)
 

risc32

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Feb 24, 2012
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this worked for longer than a day? criminals are stupid. every criminal i know is amazingly short sighted. incredibly bad decision making skills.