Convicted thief must declare assets

May 10, 2017 | By More

A woman has five days to declare all her assets – including any she may have disposed of – ahead of a sentencing next month on charges of stealing $133,000 from a Christchurch rebuild firm.

Name suppression also lifted today on Katrina Leigh Leoni, two months after she pleaded guilty in the Christchurch District Court to three representative charges of theft by a person in a special relationship.

Forty-two-year-old Leoni was employed in the main office of the firm as a receptionist and office administrator.

She was responsible for receiving cash payments from customers, but between November 2012 and January 2015 she deposited several large amounts of cash into her own bank account.

Her sentencing was set for today, before Judge David Saunders, but defence counsel David Stringer requested an adjournment so that Leoni could negotiate a possible bank loan on the lifestyle block owned by her and her husband.

This would enable reparation to be paid to the company. Employees of the company were at court, but not the owner. Crown prosecutor Karyn South said she wanted to talk to the owner about his views on reparations.

Judge Saunders adjourned the case for sentencing on June 8, and for a reparation report to be prepared. At the request of Miss South, he also ordered Leoni to complete a “declaration of financial capacity” within five days.

“I require you to complete a declaration as to your means and assets. That is including any disposition of assets you have made since these proceedings have been before the court,” he told her.

Leoni remains on bail for sentencing.

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