News

Australia Post boss steals over $16,000, avoids jail time

Kerri Moore

A FORMER manager of a Rockhampton Australia Post branch used her termination payout to replace more than $16,000 she had stolen from the company, a court has heard.

Kerrie Lyn Bickle pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court last week to one charge of theft.

The 54-year-old had been employed at Australia Post since 1989, eventually being promoted to postal manager in 2007.

The court heard between November, 2011 and January last year Bickle fudged the figures at the store's cash terminals to allow herself to pay off a number of personal bills without actually placing any money in the tills.

The fraud amounted to $16,356.96.

She was caught out when an auditor noticed the irregularities and an unannounced cash count was completed at the store on January 3 last year.

The court heard she was let go and used her payout from the company to pay back the entire amount.

Defence solicitor Grant Cagney told the court Bickle was under financial stress at the time as her husband was unable to work.

He said she was extremely remorseful for her actions.

The court heard she had no criminal history.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove took this into consideration, but said she had taken advantage of her position of trust.

"People in that position need to understand they can't abuse that trust," he said.

He sentenced Bickle to 12 months jail, but released her forthwith. He ordered she pay a good behaviour bond of $5000.

Topics:  australia post, fraud, rockhampton magistrate court



REVEALED: Why CQ fuel prices are so high

Capricornia Chamber of Commerce Peter Frazer said the economic climate in the region at the moment was linked to the huge problem across the region of fuel drive offs.

Chamber of Commerce talks CQ's high fuel prices

Much loved coffee shop closes doors tomorrow

Zarraffa's coffee shop in Stockland Rockhampton will close its doors tomorrow, September 30. It will reopen at a new location in North Rockhampton early 2017 and will include a drive-thru.

Coffee shop closes doors tomorrow afternoon

Rogue object flies at Rockhampton police car

Police car.

Police car becomes unusual target in road incident

Local Partners

Cliff Richard to release 101st album

Sir Cliff Richard's album cover

Sir Cliff Richard is to release his 101st album

CMC Rocks faces fan backlash over date change, headliners

The 10th annual CMC Rocks festival will be headlined by The Dixie Chicks.

FANS are not happy about festival being pushed back by two weeks.

Kim Kardashian West attacked by man trying to kiss her bottom

Vitalii Sediuk targeted Gigi Hadid last week

Madonna poses naked in solidarity with Katy Perry

Madonna posted her own nude selfie on Instagram

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

Disney to remake 'The Lion King', and it's live-action

The Lion King is coming back to movie theatres

And this time it's going to be live-action.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Projects hoped to revive Rockhampton real estate

There have been just over 800 house sales in Rockhampton this year

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

14% of renovators doing own electrical work?

Landscaping (46%), demolition (43%) and interior design (77%) are also often tackled head on by plucky homeowners.

And 12% said they did their own plumbing work