A gambling addict who stole more than $60,000 from her
employer, started to steal five days after her employment as
an office worker began and continued for four years.
The 47-year-old woman pleaded guilty in Gisborne District
Court to 53 counts of theft by a person in a special
relationship after stealing $64,289 from her employer.
The woman - granted permanent name suppression on family
grounds - was sentenced to 12 months' home detention.
Judge Barney Thomas said other costs incurred in relation to
the offending cost the company $30,000.
The woman was ordered to pay emotional harm reparation of
$10,000, a sum described by Judge Thomas as token reparation.
The woman could not right the wrongs she had committed, which
was a sad reflection of her financial position, he said.
Defence counsel John Mathieson said his client was expected
to proceed to bankruptcy, with unsecured creditors of about
The offences were committed between December 21, 2007, and
May 3, 2012.
Crown prosecutor Josh Lucas said the woman had previous
convictions for similar offending from 20 years before.
Judge Thomas granted permanent name suppression on the
grounds of extreme hardship that could be caused to the
woman's young family.
- Gisborne Herald