A Warrawong mother who used fake IDs and credit cards to hire hotel rooms so her drug dealing friends could operate under the radar has been sentenced to at least 18 months behind bars.
Sheryl Corscadden, 35, admitted her role in the amphetamine and GBH dealing syndicate following a two month investigation by police that resulted in the multiple arrests, including the alleged kingpin, Robert Losco, and his runner, Peter Ryan.
Police allege Losco used rental accommodation and hotel rooms - booked by different people to avoid raising suspicions - for drug supply purposes and never stayed in one place for more than a few nights.
These facts are disturbing...you've gone out of your way to rip people off and you seemed pretty proud of it.
Officers carrying out surveillance on Losco allegedly recorded him attending different hotels on multiple occasions, and supplying prohibited drugs at least 25 times.
Court documents tendered in Corscadden's case on Tuesday said she used a fake driver's licence and credit card to check into Belmore Apartments in Wollongong on December 18, later telling Losco about her new "scam".
"I've been doing dodgy shit all day....full dodgy, dodged it up hard today," she said in a phone call that evening.
"I checked into the Belmore mate, I had no problems either. Can you believe it? Sweet as, I've found a new scam. I'm getting shocking, I feel bad but I don't."
Corscadden checked out on December 20, taking more than $500 in manchester and appliances from the room.
Meanwhile, police received a call from the Sage Hotel two days later after they grew suspicious about Corscadden, who was at the hotel with Losco.
Officers discovered Corscadden in possession of five fake driver's licences, all with her picture but all in different names. She also had five credit cards on her and a diary containing further credit card numbers.
She was arrested and charged with fraud offences but released on bail, however continued to assist the syndicate while at liberty, allegedly facilitating drug exchanges and booking another hotel room for Losco in early January.
Defence lawyer Claire Carpenter told Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday Corscadden had been a "high functioning drug addict" since the age of 22 and had undergone live-in drug rehabilitation for three months in 2017 but relapsed after eight months.
She received drugs as payment instead of money for helping the syndicate, Ms Carpenter said.
She asked the court to show leniency and spare Corscadden full-time jail, noting she was pregnant with her third child and had managed to stay clean during both her other pregnancies.
However, Magistrate Michael Stoddart said Corscadden belonged behind bars.
"These facts are disturbing...you've gone out of your way to rip people off and you seemed pretty proud of it," he said, referencing her December 18 call to Losco.
"I don't see your part [in the syndicate] as any small role."
He sentenced Corscadden to two years' jail with an 18-month non-parole period.
With time served, she will be eligible for release in July 2020.