Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Office manager jailed for $200,000 fraud

A Canterbury business owner is warning others to protect themselves from fraud after his office manager was jailed for stealing nearly $200,000 from the company over five years.

Gillian Budge was sentenced by Judge Jane Farish in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday to two years and eight months in prison after pleading guilty to a representative charge of theft by a person in a special relationship.

Budge admitted stealing $196,742.22 from Christchurch-based Southern Engineering Solutions while working as the company's office manager.

The money was taken by transferring funds to two BNZ credit cards in more than 60 separate transactions between December 2008 and 2013.

Company owner Warren Rice said he discovered the offending when Budge - who had worked for the company for more than 10 years - went on leave in August 2013 and his wife, Chantel, filled in for her.

Rest of article on Stuff News.