Woman gam­bled stolen cash

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A WHIT­SUN­DAY woman pleaded guilty in Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day to steal­ing $31,000 from her em­ployer.

Ver­ena Sylvia McKeever was charged with three counts of steal­ing for of­fences oc­cur­ring while she was em­ployed as a site man­ager at the Mo­bil petrol sta­tion on Shute Har­bour Road in Can­non Val­ley.

As part of her du­ties McKeever would man­age the cash reg­is­ter, car wash de­posit ma­chines and the Cash Card ATM lo­cated in store.

On De­cem­ber 12, an­other staff mem­ber opened the safe at the ser­vice sta­tion to per­form a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of the pre­vi­ous day’s tak­ings and saw that there was no cash bun­dles or doc­u­men­ta­tion. The print­out from the cash reg­is­ter showed that a to­tal of $1800 was miss­ing from the safe. It was also no­ticed that a bank de­posit slip for $26,410 was signed and dated by her on De­cem­ber 10.

Po­lice vis­ited McKeever at a Dingo Beach res­i­dence where she ad­mit­ted she had taken the money.

On De­cem­ber 13, a fur­ther $2852 was dis­cov­ered miss­ing from the car wash ma­chine.

Ms Cas­sells said the to­tal resti­tu­tion sort was $31,000.

De­fence lawyer Sher­rie Meade said McKeever ad­mit­ted to hav­ing a gam­bling ad­dic­tion and was un­der­go­ing coun­selling.

She said McKeever had lost the money on poker ma­chines and was not aware the thefts had es­ca­lated to such a large amount.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said as an em­ployee it was a “sig­nif­i­cant act of dis­hon­esty”.

McKeever was or­dered to pay resti­tu­tion of $28,252.71 and sen­tenced to 24 months im­pris­on­ment on a sus­pended sen­tence for three years af­ter serv­ing eight months.

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