Sus­pended sen­tence for steal­ing from em­ployer

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

A for­mer Wood­side ware­house co-or­di­na­tor at the North West Shelf Project has been given a 12-month sus­pended prison sen­tence for fraud and steal­ing from his em­ployer.

For­mer NWS main­te­nance fields ser­vices co-or­di­na­tor Michael David Jack­son was con­victed of six counts of ob­tain­ing prop­erty by fraud, two counts of gain­ing ben­e­fit by fraud and two counts of steal­ing as an em­ployee in the Kar­ratha Mag­is­trates Court on Thurs­day, June 16.

Jack­son pleaded guilty to all charges.

The of­fences all oc­curred be­tween mid-2014 and early 2015.

Dur­ing that pe­riod Jack­son, a long-term Wood­side em­ployee whose po­si­tion al­lowed him to pur­chase and dis­pose of as­sets with­out be­ing sub­ject to usual se­cu­rity mea­sures, stole a com­pany donga and ar­ranged to have it in­stalled on his prop­erty as an ex­tra bed­room and also stole a sea con­tainer for a friend.

The fraud of­fences arose from Jack­son us­ing a com­pany credit card to buy goods for a fam­ily mem­ber’s four­wheel drive, fit­tings for the donga, and equip­ment for a shack of which he was par­towner. West Pil­bara De­tec­tives be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing Jack­son in July 2015 at the re­quest of Wood­side af­ter the com­pany had made in­ter­nal in­quiries.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Jon Mun­day said in light of the amount of in­dus­try in the wider Kar­ratha area, the case showed steal­ing from an em­ployer could lead to a prison sen­tence.

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