Woman gambled stolen cash
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.