Woman jailed for dishonesty

A WOMAN with a history of dishonesty siphoned almost $100,000 from a Brisbane law firm to help her family financially.

Jessie Duffield made 79 transactions diverting money from the Queensland Law Group to various bank accounts between July, 2009, and March, 2010.

Brisbane District Court heard the bank accounts belonged to her mother, partner, children and also property managers, thereby paying rent for some of her family members.

She had done the same thing, stealing about $16,600, while she was a bookkeeper in Perth, and had other convictions for stealing and dishonesty.

Defence barrister Benjamin Dighton said his client was diagnosed with bi-polar, borderline personality disorder and anti-social personality disorder.

He said the disorders led to impulsivity, irresponsibility and deceitfulness.

Mr Dighton said her early childhood experience led her to "exploit opportunities for personal gain when they arose".

Judge Michael Noud said Duffield had the most "appalling" childhood upbringing he had ever heard of.

He said she was exposed to violence and abuse from a young age.

Duffield was sentenced to four years jail. She will be eligible for parole on August 10, 2013.


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