Cleary jailed after fraud at BICC

WHEN Gavin Lyle Cleary left the Blackwater International Coal Centre, he took more than anyone was expecting.

Cleary pleaded guilty in the Emerald District Court to three counts of fraud, following charges of dishonesty that were levelled at him during his time working as manager of the company.

Cleary was sentenced to a total of three years imprisonment, to be suspended after serving two actual months in jail.

The court heard Cleary stole $29,551.48 from the organisation and spent the money on holidays, electronics and other personal expenses including giving a bonus to his then partner who also worked at the BICC.

The court was told Cleary falsified receipts and used a company credit card to make personal purchases.

He was getting paid an annual salary of $132,650 at the time.

The offences occurred between January of 2011 and April of 2012.

Judge Paul Smith said there was "some degree of sophistication involved" and said the welfare of Cleary's five-year-old daughter, who he has sole custody of, was a concern.


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