Dodgy Coast businessman ripped off clients $64,000
A SUNSHINE Coast man who stole more than $64,000 from two businesses including a Northern Territory prison has been jailed for three years.
Dimitrios Pagonidus pleaded guilty to several charges including fraud of more than $30,000, forgery and uttering.
Pagonidus ran a spray booth business between 2013-14 that he used to rip off a Hervey Bay business, BNT Commercial Vehicle Repairs and the Alice Springs Correctional Centre.
The 36-year-old organised the sale of three shipping containers to the business. Pagonidus did not own the containers, he was only renting.
BNT Commercial Vehicle Repairs paid him for the containers but requested to pay the shipping company directly for their delivery from China.
Pagonidus forged an invoice for double the amount the company invoiced and pocketed the balance.
The company that owned the containers contacted Pagonidus about their return, but he lied and said the Hervey Bay business had stolen them.
He stole $25,106 through both transactions.
Pagonidus was also contracted to build a spray booth for the Northern Territory prison.
He was paid $39,308 for the work and never completed it.
The father-of-three was living at Noosa at the time however when police went to arrest him officers discovered Pagonidus had fled the state.
He was extradited to the Sunshine Coast from Victoria in July 2015.
Pagonidus' defence barrister said his client was going through a separation from his wife at the time.
He said it was the reason his client made the poor choice to commit the fraud.
Pagonidus' new partner gave birth to their child in May while he was behind bars waiting to be sentenced.
The court heard he hoped to be a role model for his children upon release.
Pagonidus was sentenced to three years jail to be released on parole April 19, 2019.