Self-proclaimed renovation expert in Melbourne swindled his own friends of more than $ 100,000

According to reports, Michelle Hosking (pictured) has been sentenced to an order of community corrections after she was charged with two counts of theft

According to reports, Michelle Hosking (pictured) has been sentenced to an order of community corrections after she was charged with two counts of theft

According to reports, Michelle Hosking (pictured) has been sentenced to an order of community corrections after she was charged with two counts of theft

The friends of a self-proclaimed renovation expert are furious after being swindled for more than $ 100,000.

Michelle Hosking, an unregistered construction company, overcharged two families who were doing separate projects in Melbourne and created fraudulent invoices.

Debbie Morton said she and her husband Neil were looking to renovate the family home when Hosking offered their services, A Current Affair reported.

She said that Hosking had told her that she had "amazing contacts" & # 39; and that I could get fantastic prices & # 39; for the project.

Ms. Morton said that she had a budget of $ 30,000 and Hosking had requested a cash payment when no work had been completed.

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The victim Debbie Morton (pictured) described Hosking's actions as a "betrayal" that "really hurt a lot"

The victim Debbie Morton (pictured) described Hosking's actions as a "betrayal" that "really hurt a lot"

The victim Debbie Morton (pictured) described Hosking's actions as a "betrayal" that "really hurt a lot"

Costs skyrocketed, with Ms. Morton asking traders about the work.

"When I said" I paid $ 50,000 and nothing was done "… I could see that their expression was" well, wait a moment when we have not received $ 50,000, "said Mrs. Morton.

According to reports, Hosking had underestimated Ms. Morton and also altered bills that allowed her to charge for work that had not been completed.

Ms. Morton described Hosking's actions as a "betrayal" that "really hurt a lot".

"She stole more than $ 100,000 and basically our lives were in crisis," Morton said.

She added that since Hosking was her friend, I just did not think that she would do this & # 39;

Ms. Morton ended up spending more than $ 160,000 on her home project

Ms. Morton ended up spending more than $ 160,000 on her home project

Ms. Morton ended up spending more than $ 160,000 on her home project

Ms. Morton ended up spending more than $ 160,000.

According to reports, Hosking was charged with two counts of theft. He recently appeared in the County Court of Victoria.

According to reports, Hosking has been condemned to an order of community corrections and will have to perform 250 hours of unpaid community work.

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