No jail for $20,000 thefts
A Karratha recruitment company employee who stole more than $20,000 from clients has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Anna Michelle Te Nahu was sentenced in Karratha Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday for a series of stealing as a servant offences.
The charges were in addition to previous offences of a similar nature in Perth, which taken altogether spanned a few years.
Police prosecutor John Hart said Te Nahu had stolen a combined amount of about $21,000 from five people who were her clients while she worked at an employment agency called National Recruitment in Karratha.
She pleaded guilty to the charges.
Magistrate Robert Young said Te Nahu had shown goodwill in taking part in victim-offender mediation and paying back almost $10,000 to former clients so far.
But he noted as jobseekers, her victims were vulnerable and would have been particularly affected by having their money stolen, some by as much as $4000 each.
“These are people who paid money in the hope of getting some kind of employment, so their hopes were dashed in two ways,” he said.
Te Nahu was given a sevenmonth suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay restitution to the victims.