Woman must pay for accountancy work after thefts

March 6, 2016 | By More

Court House-Sept-2013-06A woman who stole from her employer has been ordered to pay the $5261 bill for the accountancy that traced all her offending.

The police asked that 54-year-old Deborah May Hannah be ordered to pay the bill because they regarded it as “collateral” losses for the employer, the Christchurch Weight Loss Surgery.

Judge Noel Walsh made the order in the Christchurch District Court yesterday when he sentenced Hannah on a charge of stealing from the clinic when she was employed as an administrator there from 2011 to 2013.

She diverted 25 cash payments and retained the money herself, and later admitted stealing a total of $16,225.

Defence counsel Alister James said Hannah had now increased the mortgage on her home and paid back all of those losses.

He said she was genuinely remorseful for the offending which arose from difficulties she was having at the time. She had no previous convictions.

Judge Walsh noted that Hannah had been going to counselling and had presented testimonials to the court. She was a busy and committed parent with two dependent children at home. Her pre-sentence report was positive.

He ordered her to pay the accountancy bill as well as the reparation for the thefts, and ordered her to do 260 hours of community work.

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