Woman wrote $173k of false cheques

ANNE CLARKSON
Last updated 13:31 07/01/2014

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A 27-year-old mother has admitted writing 86 cheques to herself, friends, and businesses worth over $173,000 from her employer's account.

Kelly Jane Mackley was charged in the Christchurch District Court today with theft by a person in a special relationship.

She was employed as an export sea freight clerk and assisted in the accounts department at Anglo Pacific International.

On January 24, 2013, she wrote a cheque to herself for $1010. Between then and November 5 she wrote out a further 85 cheques either to herself, friends, or businesses, worth $173,318.

Defence counsel David Stringer said a small portion of the money had been recovered but $168,108 was still outstanding.

He said Mackley had spent the money on household expenses, a trip to Australia, clothing and expenses for a sports club.

Stringer said Mackley had a bipolar disorder, but Judge Alistair Garland said this did not lead people to dishonesty.

Judge Garland told Mackley that it would help if she could recover a large sum of the money before her sentencing, but if there was little opportunity for reparation she would likely be sentenced to prison.

He remanded her to February 28 on bail, and ordered a pre-sentence report that will cover her suitability for home detention.

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