A former reality TV star with a ‘serious drug problem’ has avoided further jail time despite admitting to stealing credit cards from clients at bucks parties.
Beauty and The Geek runner-up Jordan Finlayson, 31, has faced a string of charges over the past six months, including two counts of common assault and an apprehended violence order.
On Wednesday she appeared in front of Downing Centre Local Court via video link from remand where she pleaded guilty to possession of identity information with the intention of committing fraud.
The former model had been caught with a number of credit cards and NSW drivers licenses that she took from three men at parties between January 29 and February 2 in Botany in Sydney’s south.
Jordan Finlayson has avoided jail after pleading guilty to possession of identity information with the intention of committing fraud
The former model and Beauty and the Geek star has been battling drug addiction for years and has spent time in and out of custody
According to court documents, as reported by News, guests at the bucks pool parties were told to leave their possessions in a bag at the front of the establishment.
Finlayson then took photos of the cards while using the room to get changed.
In the weeks after the shindigs, three men noticed a series of transactions had been made using their cards that were foreign to them.
One man received a note from Centrelink that he had received $750 in Covid disaster payments, while another had deposited $4,900 into a Neds sportsbetting account.
He was also unable to lodge a tax return in April because he was told someone with the same name had already submitted the return.
Another victim had his bank details updated in Centrelink and saw a number of fraudulent transactions including coffee purchases and Uber trips.
The former reality TV star said she had given the card details to someone else who defrauded the men. The prosecution do not allege she was attempting to defraud the men herself.
Finlayson was arrested on February 17 where NSW Police found images of the licenses and ten credit cards on her phone. She has been in jail since her arrest.
She initially pleaded not guilty, but changed her plea after learning she would go on trial.
The ex-NRL cheerleader vowed to turn her life around during a post-prison interview months earlier
The court heard the Beauty and the Geek personality was on parole when she breached conditions in February, while her defence barrister asked the court not to sentence her to any further jail time.
Daniel Grippi, her representation, instead asked that she be able to undergo rehabilitation for her ‘serious’ drug problems.
Magistrate Alison Viney said the maximum sentence for the crime was seven years behind bars, outlining her actions led to something ‘incredibly disruptive to someone’s life’.
‘People steal identity information for a whole raft of nefarious purposes … not saying that was your intent, but somebody got ahold of this information which you acquired and they did put it to use,’ she told Finlayson.
Magistrate Viney handed her a 12-month Community Corrections order and said she ‘hoped’ the former model would find an appropriate rehabilitation centre.
‘I sincerely hope that once admitted to a rehab program your path forward is a much more successful one,’ she said.
Finlayson appeared on the Channel Seven show Beauty and The Geek (pictured) before her life spiralled into drug addiction
The allegations come just months after the ex-Penthouse model vowed to kick self-destructive behaviours after being thrown in prison for drug offences while in the grips of a $5000-a-week addiction.
In April 2020, the ex-NRL cheerleader was sentenced to two years and three months in jail, but was granted parole last September after serving 15 months.
At the time of her arrest in July 2019, Finlayson admitted to taking a cocktail of drugs weekly, including heroin, Xanax, marijuana, and GBL, while working as a lingerie waitress in Sydney’s drug-fuelled party scene.
The wild lifestyle sparked an expensive addiction and led to her at one stage suffering an overdose, culminating in her being incarcerated as she turned to crime to fed her habit.
But in a post-release interview in December, Finlayson pledged to start her life anew and rise above her chequered past.
Finlayson has previously admitted to spending $5000-a-week on drugs while battling addiction
‘I am deeply ashamed and embarrassed of what I had become: drugs are selfish and robbed me of five years of my 20s,’ she told the Daily Telegraph.
‘For two-and-a-half years before jail I did every drug; cocaine, GBL (a liquid); my life was a blur, I let a lot of people down and made bad choices.
‘I was so destroyed, I overdosed and went to rehab six months before I was arrested but I couldn’t stop.’
Finlayson said prison was scary and the ‘wrong place’ for her, but the ‘wake up call’ she needed.
It was a sentiment she held from the start of her sentence, telling the court in a letter she ‘let everyone down’ and declaring she would prove that ‘everyone makes mistakes’ but can come back from them.
After her release, she told the publication she had cut off toxic friends, begun studying an entrepreneurship course, and picked promotional and modelling work – as well as returning to lingerie waitress.
But despite her strong assertations, she has landed herself back inside a cell just three months later.
NSW Police said they attended a home at Botany about 4pm on February 17 as part of ongoing inquiries to locate a man wanted on an outstanding warrant.
After being incarcerated in April 2020, the former reality TV star pledged to learn from her ‘mistakes’
Officers forced entry a short time later, arresting Finlayson and a 36-year-old man before taking them to Mascot Station.
‘The man was charged with an outstanding warrant for three offences including wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO and affray,’ NSW Police said in a statement.
‘He appeared at Central Local Court the next day (Friday 18 February), where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court on Thursday 14 April.
Finlayson was charged with two counts of common assault, destroy or damage property and detention application and was due to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday 23 February.
However, the day before the court hearing, she was arrested by police officers around 10.45am at a home on Tweedmouth Avenue, Rosebery.
‘A 31-year-old woman was arrested and taken to Mascot Police Station, where she was charged with possess identity info to commit indictable offence and detention application,’ NSW Police said.
Finlayson has been remanded in custody until her next court hearing on March 10
Finlayson was a cheerleader for the NRL clubs Cronulla Sharks and Wests Tigers and the Sydney Kings basketball team in 2014.
She briefly shot to fame in 2011 as the runner-up beauty on Season 3 of Beauty and the Geek.
Her and the ‘geek’ from the season, Lachlan Cosgrove, began to date after the show concluded but broke up ten months later.
In 2013, she became the face of the iconic Australian brand Chiko Rolls for an advertising campaign.
Producers from The Bachelor expressed interest in getting her on the show as a contestant, but Finlayson declined.
She has also appeared topless in photo shoots for Penthouse magazine in 2018, and frequently shares racy images with her 37,500 Instagram followers.