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Australian man fined $3000 for setting up a tanning busines

Some people will do anything for a tan – and that includes face criminal prosecution.

A 28-year-old man in Adelaide has been fined thousands of dollars for setting up an illegal tanning business.

Jake Martin-Herde, who operated the tanning bed business out of his garage, pleaded guilty to two counts of offering and providing cosmetic tanning for a fee to the public, according to AAP.

The charges came about after South Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority began investigating Mr Martin-Herde’s activities.  

Chief Magistrate Mary-Louise Hribal fined Mr Martin-Herde $2100 in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday; the accused was also ordered to pay $900 in court fees.

The operation of commercial tanning beds was made illegal in January 2015 across five states in Australia, including SA, after solariums were re-classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

A number of undercover operations have since begun operating in an effort to crack down on illegal solarium businesses.

Mr Martin-Herde’s conviction makes him the first person in Australia to be prosecuted for running an illegal tanning bed unit.

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