A mother who led a lavish lifestyle as part of her ex-husband’s $ 270,000 Bunnings fraud has left her former lover in prison and fallen for a personal trainer.
Tania Leonard, 41, found a new flame after she and her ex-husband Andrew Alasdair Ryan, 47, were exposed for defrauding the department store chain.
The couple were convicted of fraud, theft and possession of tainted property charges in Brisbane district court last Wednesday.
Leonard and Ryan used their ill-gotten gains to live in a “ mansion ” in Tamborine, Queensland, and also bought their daughter a $ 50,000 equestrian horse by defrauding two friends, the court heard.
Ryan – the mastermind of a three-year plot that was resold or refunded for stolen goods from Bunnings – was jailed, but Leonard ran free for playing a lesser role.
And while out on bail, Leonard found love in the form of a local personal trainer, Marcus Fuller.
“Little arm workout today with the madam,” Mr. Fuller captioned a gym photo of the athletic couple.
Bunnings fraudster Tania Leonard with her new lover, personal trainer Marcus Fuller, who was not involved in the scam
Leonard and her ex-husband Andrew Alasdair Ryan used their ill-gotten gains to fund a lavish lifestyle – including living on a five-bedroom ranch in Tamborine, in Queensland’s Scenic Rim.
The sprawling mansion style property had an in-ground pool and Bali-style gazebo on 53 acres (above)
She thanked him for pushing her. ‘Come on leg day tomorrow’. Mr. Fuller also described her as ‘my girl’ in another jacked-up selfie.
Daily Mail Australia approached Leonard for comment on her new life after the split. with Ryan.
There is no suggestion that Mr. Fuller was in any way involved in or aware of her illegal activities.
According to The courier post, the prosecutors told the court that Leonard and Andrew Ryan had used their money for an “lavish lifestyle.”
That included living in a “sprawling rented mansion on horse and riding acreage,” prosecutor Shauna Farrelly said last week.
The five-bedroom Tamborine rental home they lived in was worth nearly $ 2 million, with 53 acres of land and five pastures.
The court reportedly learned that Leonard only played a role in the couple’s scam in its third and final year, 2018.
She made false reports and picked up her then-husband from Bunnings in a car with fake license plates.
The pair also used a separate scam involving two friends to pay for a $ 50,000 horse show horse named Daisy Lane Huntsman for their daughters.
However, the couple’s world collapsed when police raided their properties in late 2018 and found more than 100 Bunnings products in their homes. The courier post reported.
Months later, the gelding was publicly auctioned by the Queensland Police Department under the proceeds of the crime laws. It was advertised by Town and Country Auctions as a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’.
Friends of the Ryan family realized something was wrong when their prized horse Daisy Lane Huntsman was put up for auction and the Queensland Police Department was the seller
The family’s prized show horse was put up for auction by Town and Country Auctions in March 2019
Ryan and Leonard defrauded Bunnings for $ 270,000, including $ 215,000 worth of goods that were subsequently resold
Last week, prosecutor, Ms. Farrelly, told the court how Ryan would use a receipt on items he bought from Bunnings to steal identical products from other stores.
Ryan’s fraud ran from January 2016 to December 2018, with Leonard only beginning to participate in her husband’s business in 2018, the Courier-Mail reported.
The $ 270,000 that cost the pair of Bunnings reportedly consisted of about $ 215,000 worth of goods that were subsequently resold, plus $ 25,000 false returns and $ 20,000 worth of items seized from their home. The couple also cheated on two friends for $ 25,000.
Judge Vicki Loury QC told the court Ryan ‘motivation was to fund the lifestyle you and your wife enjoyed ‘.
Ryan was also convicted of unfairly acquiring property for himself and others valued at more than $ 100,000.
He was sentenced to a maximum of five years and seven months in prison, but has been eligible for parole as of Wednesday.