Toowoomba Courthouse Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle
Toowoomba Courthouse Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle Bev Lacey

Employee ripped off business of more than $5000

AN EMPLOYEE had ripped off his Toowoomba employer business of more than $5000 which he cashed through a Sportsbet account, the city's Magistrates Court has heard.

Cameron Bernard Sippel had used his employer's business card to transfer money to his Sportsbet account which he used for cash, the court heard.

In some 20 transactions, the sales manager had taken a total $5550, police prosecutor Sergeant Ken Wigan told the court.

He had since repaid all the money in full but had lost his job as a result of the offending and remained unemployed, the court heard.

The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of fraud dishonestly gaining a benefit by an employee.

His solicitor Brock Harm told the court in the lead up to his client's offending he had been falsely accused of sexual harassment and that had led to a stressful period in his life to the point his client had taken two weeks off work.

His client did not have a gambling problem and the offending arose at a time his client had fallen into debt which the money taken was used for, he said.

As a result of the offending his client had also resigned his position on the committee of a local golf club, Mr Harm said.

The 31-year-old had no previous criminal history at all and all of the money had been repaid, he submitted.

Magistrate Kay Ryan told Sippel that even though he had repaid the money to his former employer his offending was still serious.

"This is a serious offence and courts take it seriously," Ms Ryan said.

However, taking into account his otherwise good record, Ms Ryan said she was prepared to accept the offending was out of character for the defendant.

Ms Ryan ordered the conviction not be recorded and placed Sippel on 15 months probation.



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