'Avalanche of fraud' sees Rocky woman sent to prison
BREAKING 6PM: SHANNON Peta Parry has been sentenced to five years and four months behind bars and ordered to pay $201, 200. 20 in restitution in Rockhampton District Court this afternoon.
On November 2, a jury found Parry guilty of defrauding her ex-employer, Zebra Wrecking Co Pty Ltd under Bowes Investments Pty Ltd between November 2010 and December 2011.
Parry was found guilty of one count each of fraud as an employee of a value more than $30,000 and stealing as a servant.
Over a period of 13 months, Parry made 151 transactions worth $221, 222.20 to her personal bank accounts and paid her personal bills.
The court heard Parry was a business manager at the company and had control over the finances during the time and made a sudden resignation in December 2011, "at the height of her offending".
Crown prosecutor Dean Jones said Parry made transactions of up to $38,435 in one month alone.
He said Parry transferred the money to her personal bank accounts, accounts shared with her husband, to a family trustee account in which she is a beneficiary, to pay personal bills and to pay bills and invoices for her private business, Indulge Day Spa Yeppoon, from the company accounts.
The court heard Parry allegedly defrauded the money in addition to her weekly wages which increased from $90,000 to $110,000 plus superannuation during her time at the company.
Parry was also charged for stealing a hard drive from the company, to conceal the details of her fraudulent behavior.
Parry is eligible for parole on March 1, 2018.