No jail for $20,000 thefts

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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