Miss­ing money re­paid

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A WHIT­SUN­DAY man who stole more than $30,000 from his for­mer em­ployer has been sen­tenced to two years jail, sus­pended for three years.

Mur­ray Henry Thomas Wal­ter Garner was work­ing at a lo­cal ho­tel when he stole amounts of $29,858.52 and $2099.40 be­tween Novem­ber 23, 2013, and Au­gust 26, 2014.

The 41-year-old fi­nan­cial con­troller had been mak­ing pay­ments to him­self on be­half of his em­ployer, the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court was told.

Pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said the in­con­sis­tent trans­ac­tions made to a per­sonal ac­count were iden­ti­fied on Au­gust 26, 2014.

She said an au­dit was then com­pleted, which also re­sulted in the dis­cov­ery of a $2099.40 with­drawal from petty cash.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Har­vey Wal­ters said Garner hadn’t spent the money and had now paid it back in full.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said this was a sig­nif­i­cant breach of trust but took into ac­count the “un­usual” cir­cum­stances.

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