Swindler has a job waiting
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.”