A mother who lived a lavish lifestyle as part of her ex-husband’s $270,000 Bunnings fraud has moved on from her jailed former lover 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 swindling the warehouse chain.
The couple were both convicted of fraud, stealing and possessing tainted property charges at Brisbane’s District Court last Wednesday.
Leonard and Ryan used their ill-gotten gains to live in a ‘mansion’ in Tamborine, Queensland, also buying their daughter a $50,000 equestrian horse by scamming two friends, the court heard.
Ryan – the mastermind of a three-year plot which on-sold or got a cash refund for stolen Bunnings goods – was jailed but Leonard walked free for playing a lesser role.
And while on bail, Leonard found new love in the form of a local personal trainer, Marcus Fuller.
‘Little arm workout today with the missus,’ Mr Fuller captioned one gym photo of the athletic pair.
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 in a five bedroom ranch in Tamborine, in Queensland’s Scenic Rim
The sprawling mansion-style property featured an in-ground pool and Bali-style gazebo on 53 acres (above)
She thanked him for pushing her. ‘Bring 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 splitting. with Ryan.
It’s not suggested Mr Fuller was in any way involved in her illegal activities or knew of them.
According to The Courier Mail, prosecutors told the court that Leonard and Andrew Ryan had used their money on a ‘lavish lifestyle’.
That included living on a ‘sprawling rented mansion on acreage with horses and horseriding activities’, Crown Prosecutor Shauna Farrelly said last week.
The five bedroom Tamborine rental property where they lived was worth almost $2million, with 53 acres of land and five paddocks.
The court reportedly heard Leonard only played a role in the couple’s scam in its third and final year, 2018.
She made false returns and picked her then-husband up from Bunnings in a car with fake number plates.
The pair also used a separate scam involving two friends to pay for a $50,000 equestrian competition horse, named Daisy Lane Huntsman, for their daughters.
However, the couple’s world came crashing down when police raided their property in late 2018 and found more than 100 Bunnings products at their home, The Courier-Mail reported.
Months later, the gelding was publicly auctioned off by the Queensland Police Service under proceeds of crime legislation. It was advertised by Town and Country Auctions as a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’.
Friends of the Ryan family realised something was amiss when their prized horse Daisy Lane Huntsman went up for auction and the Queensland Police Service was the vendor
The family’s prized show horse was auctioned off by Town and Country Auctions in March 2019
Ryan and Leonard defrauded Bunnings out of $270,000, which included $215,000 worth of goods which were then on-sold
Last week, prosecutor Ms Farrelly told the court how Ryan would use a receipt for items he purchased from Bunnings to steal identical products from other stores.
Ryan’s fraud ran from January 2016 to December 2018, with Leonard only starting to participate in her husband’s activities in 2018, the Courier-Mail reported.
The $270,000 sum the couple cost Bunnings was reportedly comprised of about $215,000 worth of goods which were then on-sold, plus false returns worth $25,000 and $20,000 in items seized from their home. The couple also defrauded two friends out of $25,000.
Judge Vicki Loury QC told the court Ryan’s ‘motivation was to fund the lifestyle that you and your wife enjoyed’.
Ryan was also convicted of dishonestly gaining property for himself and others worth more than $100,000.
He was sentenced to a maximum prison term of five years and seven months but was eligible for parole as of last Wednesday.
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