Fish and chip shop owner and reformed alcoholic, 45, is jailed after he charged $10,000 for a customer’s meal
- Tim Brosnan, 45, owned Tally Ho Fisherman’s Wharf in a suburb of Melbourne
- He charged his customers a total of $282,533 across 38 separate transactions
- He was sentenced to two extra years in prison, as he was already serving five
A fish and chip shop owner has been jailed for trying to charge a customer for a whopping $10,000 for one meal.
Tim Brosnan, 45, a reformed alcoholic and the son of a former nun, was the owner of Tally Ho Fisherman’s Wharf in Mount Waverley, Melbourne.
A customer became alerted to the fraud when they checked their bank statement and realised they had been charged $10,000 for a meal in August 2016.
On Friday, Brosnan was sentenced to an extra two years in prison – having committed the fish and chip fraud while on bail for an earlier charge of stealing from his boss.
Tim Brosnan (pictured), 45, a reformed alcoholic and the son of a former nun, was the owner of Tally Ho Fisherman’s Wharf in Melbourne suburb of Mount Waverley
The customer called the store to alert Brosnan of the overcharge as they thought it may be a mistake, but he refused to return the money.
Another customer told police Brosnan charged them $7000 and $8000.
He charged his customers a total of $282,533 across 38 transactions for an average total of almost $7,500 per sale.
In order to rip off his customers, Brosnan would manually enter the overpriced charges into the store’s Eftpos machine, the court heard as reported by The Age.
Mr Brosnan withdrew more than $200,000 in cash to pay for defence lawyers after he and another man stole $1.9million from his old employer in 2010 and 2011.
He was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2017 for that fraud.
A customer became suspicious of Mr Brosnan after they checked their bank statement and realised they had been charged $10,000 for a meal
While imprisoned for those charges, he was sentenced to two more years in jail after he pleaded guilty to obtaining financial advantage by deception.
Brosnan admitted during a psychologist assessment he had ‘narcissism, entitlement and feelings of superiority’.
Judge Julie Condon told Brosnan during his sentencing that it was ‘not until your current period of incarceration that the serious consequences of your behaviour finally dawned on you.’
The victims have been refunded by their banks.