A Gore woman who stole nearly half a million dollars from her boss was jailed today.
Janice Raewyn Keenan, 54, of Upper Charlton, appeared before Judge Phil Moran in the Gore District Court today after admitting 52 charges of dishonestly using a cheque, which was representative of 217 offences, and a representative charge of forgery between December 9, 2008, and April 8 this year.
She was sentenced to three years' and 10 months' jail.
Judge Moran said it was a dark day for Keenan and her family.
Keenan started working for Hokonui Rural Transport in Gore in 2007 in a role where she was trusted with the company's money.
Keenan and another person were authorised to write cheques from the social club account. But Keenan forged the other persons signature and started operating a second chequebook for the account, Judge Moran said.
Customers would come to pay their bills and she would bank it into the social club account. She would then withdraw the money by writing cheques and take the money for herself, he said.
Keenan defrauded the company of $457,639.95, Judge Moran said.
"Heaven knows what you did with all this money."
Judge Moran said he accepted Keenan was remorseful and had cooperated with police and owned up to what she had done.
Keenan's lawyer Max Winders said she regretted the offending and appreciated it was wrong.
It was something of a relief to finally have been discovered, he said.
When Keenan was interviewed by both the company and police she was cooperative and admitted the offending, he said.
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