Jenna Lee Robinson.
A Queenstown bank worker has admitted stealing more than
$400,000 from the bank where she worked, spending the money on
a house and overseas holidays.
Former ANZ Bank worker Jenna Lee Robinson (29) was convicted
of six theft-related charges when she appeared in the
Queenstown District Court yesterday.
Robinson, who pleaded guilty to five charges of theft by a
person in a special relationship and one charge of
dishonestly accessing a computer system, was remanded on bail
for sentencing on May 19.
Prosecuting Sergeant Ian Collin said Robinson created 16
fictitious accounts at the Queenstown CBD branch where she
worked for six years.
She loaded them with loans and overdrafts, ranging from
$12,000 to $120,000, between August 2010 and July 2013,
taking in total $402,386.
Robinson then transferred the money to her personal accounts
and used it to pay the $115,000 deposit on her $575,000
Arthurs Point home, a five-week holiday to Canada, a
month-long trip to Japan, holidays within New Zealand and
She also paid off credit card debts and hire purchase
''The defendant's actions were well planned and very
deliberate,'' Sgt Collin said.
Robinson was business banking relationship manager at the
Camp St branch before resigning in August last year to become
commercial manager at another Queenstown financial
Sgt Collin said ANZ's Asset Recovery Management team in
November 2013 reviewed a customer file that had a home loan
The review identified the bank did not hold a house as
security for the loan as it should have, and then found other
An internal investigation revealed Robinson had used her
staff access code to access the ANZ bank computer network and
set up the fictitious accounts.
''The defendant also transferred money between the fictitious
accounts in an effort to show they were active and to stop
the loans going into arrears and ... coming to another staff
member's attention,'' Sgt Collin said.
She made small cash deposits using ANZ Bank fast deposit
envelopes and was caught on CCTV on December 3 depositing
$630 to one account into the fast deposit slot at the branch.
For payments into her own accounts, she used the bank's
electronic payments systems, getting unwitting staff members
to approve the payments.
Defence counsel Nic Soper said Robinson was co-operating with
the bank on civil proceedings to recover the funds. Robinson
would undergo a preliminary psychological assessment to
address issues surrounding her level of culpability.
Judge Christina Cook ordered a full pre-sentence report.