Carer withdrew clients money
A CARER yesterday admitted she took more than $2000 from her disabled client's pension over a two-month period in 2011.
Karen Michalle Hinga pleaded guilty to one count of fraud in Rockhampton Magistrate's Court.
Police prosecutor Constable Paige Barrow said the 38-year-old's victim suffered from a number of medical conditions and was also wheelchair-bound.
Const. Barrow said the mother-of-two was his sole carer.
She said Hinga's client had $150 in spending money withdrawn from his bank account every fortnight and placed in a glass jar.
The man's mother noticed a number of transactions on her son's bank account statement that were inconsistent with past statements.
When she approached Hinga's employer an internal investigation was launched and Hinga admitted she had used her client's Rock Building Society debit card.
The employer dismissed Hinga and reported her to police.
Const. Barrow said Hinga told police it was a habit of hers and she would reimburse her client.
There were 30 unauthorised transactions.
Hinga's lawyer Danita Clarke said her client was struggling to live when she took the money.
"She told me the actions were pretty pathetic and selfish," Ms Clarke said.
She said Hinga was remorseful and still unemployed.
Magistrate Barry Cosgrove fined Hinga $1200 and ordered she pay restitution.
A conviction was recorded.
She told me the actions were pretty pathetic and selfish