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Dodgy handyman who once faked cancer swindles $24k

A fraudster handyman who swindled customers out of more than $24,000 also once faked cancer to get more than $12,000 from his girlfriend for “treatments,” a court heard.

Benjamin James Packer, 39, scammed nine clients out of a total of $24,522.50 between February 10 last year to January 22.

Police prosecutor Mark Burrell on Tuesday told Caloundra Magistrates Court Packer advertised his services online using his real name, provided quotes for work to be completed and failed to follow through once he received payment.

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“In each instance, the victim paid the deposit and in return did not receive the work for which they had paid the deposit for,” he said.

“The defendant cited various excuses to each victim as to why he had not commenced the jobs.”

The court heard one of

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