Fraud paid for cancer treatment
SIMON Bryce Sanderson defrauded his workplace out of $12,175 to pay for his wife's breast cancer treatment.
Sanderson, who is the former golf operations manager at the Capricorn Resort Yeppoon, on Friday pleaded guilty in the Yeppoon Magistrates Court to fraud.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Darrell Dalton told the court that between November 16, 2009, and February 22 this year, a number of money deposits were put into Sanderson's own bank account instead of the company's.
He said the money was for use of the golf course and corporate club membership from Rockhampton and Yeppoon businesses, and when the resort noticed the money was missing, it was reported to police.
Police executed a search warrant on Sanderson's bank account records on December 1, and he later admitted the money had been fraudulently deposited to his account.
Sgt Dalton said Sanderson offered to pay the money back to the businesses, and that he had no criminal history.
Lawyer Cam Schroder said he had the full amount of restitution in a trust account from his client.
He said Sanderson was involved in a significant amount of fundraising for charity through his work, and the money he gained from the resort was not for personal gain, but was used for his wife's breast cancer treatment.
He asked for no conviction to be recorded, but Magistrate Annette Hennessy said the matter was very serious and involved a significant amount of money.
"People under the same circumstances don't resort to this sort of behaviour," she said. "That will keep him out of jail; being able to pay restitution."
She sentenced Sanderson to six months jail, wholly suspended for 18 months, and ordered the full amount be paid.