The Waikato bank manager accused of defrauding the bank and its customers out of more than $1 million has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.
The scale and methods of 36-year-old Susan Bourton's offending were traversed in Hamilton District Court today in a hearing which took nearly five hours.
Crown prosecutor Jacinda Foster discussed the escalating nature of the offending which led to 81 fraud charges stemming from dishonest behaviour over nearly a decade.
A letter of apology was handed to Judge Philip Connell at the start of proceedings, but he did not afford Bourton much credit for the belated gesture.
There were smiles and handshakes amongst Bourton's victims in the public gallery after the judge also imposed a minimum period of imprisonment of three years.
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