Swindler has a job wait­ing

NT News - - NEWS - JA­SON WALLS

A WOMAN who stole al­most $85,000 from her for­mer em­ployer will have a job wait­ing for her at the Batch­e­lor In­sti­tute when she gets out of jail, a court has heard.

Book­keeper Suzanne Mary Mey­er­ing, 54, was jailed in the Supreme Court for at least a year this week for rip­ping off the ceram­ics com­pany she worked for more than a decade un­til 2016.

Her lawyer, Pe­ter Maley, told the court she had se­cured work at the in­dige­nous ed­u­ca­tion provider and the in­sti­tute knew about her crimes but would “stand by her”.

“My client in­structs me that she sat down with her em­ployer (and) ex­plained to her the likely con­se­quences of her sen­tenc­ing,” he said.

“Her em­ployer has said they will hold her job open for her, and she’s told them ev­ery­thing that has oc­curred, nev­er­the­less they are go­ing to stand by her from a re­lease per­spec­tive.”

In sen­tenc­ing Mey­er­ing to three years jail to be sus­pended af­ter 12 months, Jus­tice An­thony Gra­ham said she had no prior con­vic­tions and had been a per­son of good char­ac­ter prior to the of­fend­ing.

“Up un­til get­ting in­volved in this series of frauds (she) has led a blame­less and in­dus­tri­ous life – it seems to me that it is likely that temp­ta­tion got the bet­ter of her,” he said.

Jus­tice South­wood or­dered Mey­er­ing – who de­fended the charges at trial – to re­pay the stolen cash within five years, not­ing up un­til now there had been “no money re­paid and no re­morse shown”.

“I think it’s highly likely these con­vic­tions will be later viewed by the of­fender as an aber­ra­tion in her life, I would there­fore very much doubt she would of­fend again,” he said.

“(But) busi­nesses, par­tic­u­larly small busi­nesses, must be pro­tected from dis­hon­est, er­rant em­ploy­ees.”

Batch­e­lor In­sti­tute act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Pe­ter Stephen­son would not con­firm whether the or­gan­i­sa­tion had promised Mey­er­ing her job as an ad­min of­fi­cer back af­ter her re­lease.

“A de­ci­sion re­gard­ing the em­ploy­ment of Ms Mey­er­ing will be made in line with due process and in due course.”

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