Em­ployee ‘re­lieved’ when theft re­vealed

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS | PROSERPINE MAGISTRATES COURT -

SOONER or later, Proser­pine’s An­ton Charles Yuskan knew he was go­ing to get caught.

On Mon­day the 37-year-old pleaded guilty to three charges of steal­ing from Aus­tralia Post over a pe­riod ex­tend­ing from Novem­ber 1, 2014 to Oc­to­ber 27, 2015.

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor Aimee Knott said Yuskan dis­hon­estly raised $24,511.03 af­ter re­vers­ing more than 450 sales trans­ac­tions and was yet to re­pay any of the money owed to the com­mon­wealth.

De­fence solic­i­tor Cleo Re­wald said Yuskan was “re­lieved” when con­fronted by fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors and con­ceded guilt as he had “dug him­self into a hole” and didn’t know how to get out.

“He knew it would catch up with him at some stage,” she said.

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young said Yuskan demon­strated a “fun­da­men­tal breach of trust” for some­one in a po­si­tion of au­thor­ity.

Yuskan was sen­tenced to two years im­pris­on­ment but re­leased on pa­role im­me­di­ately.

He was also placed on a four-year, $1000 good be­hav­iour bond.

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