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Stevie Bamford: Bikini model’s BIG night of fraud at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel

An Australian bikini model who famously lied about being raped by a tuk-tuk driver and two other men in Thailand has been convicted of living in a luxury hotel room on another woman’s credit card.

Stevie Bamford, 30, faced a magistrate in Downing Center local court on Thursday for an attempt to stay at the Hilton in Sydney’s CBD last September.

During her stay at the luxury hotel, Bamford – the daughter of former rugby league star Peter Tunks – was captured on CCTV using the hotel’s features and took several guests back to her room.

The next day the hotel manager was warned by the credit card owner. The hotel immediately refused payment and the $1,544 was returned to the woman.

When staff asked Bamford to pay for the room, she said she could not cough up the money and the police were called.

Stevie Bamford (right), 30, was sentenced to a 12-month community bond for her hotel stay.  She is pictured flipping a Daily Mail Australia photographer as she left court today

Stevie Bamford (right), 30, was sentenced to a 12-month community bond for her hotel stay. She is pictured flipping a Daily Mail Australia photographer as she left court today

Bamford was charged in September after booking a $1,544 room at The Hilton in Sydney's CBD

Bamford was charged in September after booking a $1,544 room at The Hilton in Sydney’s CBD

She told police that an acquaintance had booked the room and was unable to use it and offered it to Bamford.

Bamford’s lawyer Jack Dunne said today that the court must consider the amount of money, duration, motive and degree of planning when convicting Bamford.

Dunne argued that her crime “lacks sophistication” and was “impulsive,” citing her mental health issues as a big factor.

The court heard that Bamford has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and is receiving treatment and medication.

“She has not taken offense since last September and is being treated for her mental health,” said Mr Dunne.

Magistrate Juliana Crofts said the charges meant she had violated two community correction orders and this should be taken into account in sentencing.

Bamford booked a room at the Hilton (pictured) on another woman's card, with the hotel refunding the amount but not receiving payment from Bamford

Bamford booked a room at the Hilton (pictured) on another woman’s card, with the hotel refunding the amount but not receiving payment from Bamford

Bamford was sentenced to 15 days in prison for falsely accusing a tuk-tuk driver of rape in 2012

The Australian bikini model is the daughter of former rugby star Peter Tunks

Bamford was sentenced to 15 days in prison for falsely accusing a tuk-tuk driver of rape in 2012

Crofts noted that Bamford had been out on bail since September 2021 and while she was originally “unreliable” with her oversight, she had recently “turned things around”.

“I have received positive findings about your rehabilitation prospects,” Magistrate Crofts said.

“With regard to the two violations of Community Correction Orders, the court has a strong interest in ensuring that they are complied with and that there are consequences for violating them.

“However, I see concerns about mental health and positive engagement with the community’s correction orders so that the violations are proven but no further action is required.”

Bamford was given a 12-month community correction order for charges of unfairly obtaining financial advantage through fraud.

Jack Dunne, Bamford's lawyer, told the Daily Mail Australia out of court that he was

Jack Dunne, Bamford’s lawyer, told the Daily Mail Australia out of court that he was “very happy” with the outcome and that Ms Bamford was pleased she was now able to move on with her life.

Bamford’s lawyer Jack Dunne told Daily Mail Australia out of court that he was “very happy” with the outcome.

“The court has made a good decision,” said Mr Dunne.

“Mrs Bamford is now looking to the future and moving on with her life.”

Bamford didn’t seem remorseful outside of court – he clipped the bird to a Daily Mail Australia photographer.

Bamford made headlines around the world in 2012 after making up a story about being raped by a tuk-tuk driver in Patong.

She claimed that the driver sexually assaulted her while two other men were holding her.

Bamford was found guilty of the false claim by Phuket Provincial Court in June 2021 and was ordered to serve 15 days in Baan Bang Jo Prison.

In March last year, Bamford was again in trouble with the law and pleaded guilty to forcibly entering a home where she stole a silver watch, a water pipe and a CCTV camera.

She also admitted that on June 20 last year she entered a unit in nearby Eastlakes with two men and another woman and stole goods worth $400.

She received community correction orders for both, which she violated with the fraudulent Hilton booking.

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