Woman's fine over 5 times the amount she stole from employer

A ROCKHAMPTON woman who stole $139 from her employer over six transactions in a month last year was fined more than five times that amount in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday.

The 31-year-old mother, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to six counts of stealing as a servant after she took six amounts ranging from $3 to $50 from her boss, her aunt, at the North Rockhampton business.

Police prosecutor Clancy Fox told the court the woman used her bank card to withdraw cash from the teller but deliberately entered an incorrect PIN number on each occasion.

He said the money did not leave her account but she still took the cash.

"The prosecution is suggesting she entered her PIN incorrectly deliberately," he said.

He said the woman told police she "must have entered her pin incorrectly but did not check the receipts".

A defence lawyer for the woman said she had recently gained a new job as a cashier.

"It was very unsophisticated and low-level and always going to be detected," she said.

Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll did not record a conviction.

"Be aware of your conduct especially with other people's money," he said.

The woman was fined $750 and ordered to pay $139 restitution.


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