Man escapes prison time after stealing $6k from colleague

DEAN Richard Mcpherson escaped prison time after stealing nearly $6000 from a colleague.

The 32-year-old plead guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to three charges of fraud after logging into a colleague's personal banking account online.

Prosecutor Constable Josh McLennan told the court Mcpherson was working at an IT company on Albert St when his colleague left the business.

The court heard the victim had forgotten to delete his personal bank details from the work computer.

Constable McLennan said in February of last year a transaction of $1059.87 was made and another in March for $3777.86.

The victim found out about the transactions through his personal bank statements.

The court heard Mcpherson, an IT manager, was interviewed by police in November and he denied the transactions.

He told police the amount over $3000 came into his account and he thought nothing of it.

The court heard Mcpherson thought it was the victims fault for the transactions.

One of the fraud charges related to Mcpherson using the victim's ANZ credit card details to make a string of online purchases through PayPal and Amazon.

The court heard the online fraud was done on nine separate occasions, which included values of $142.98, $173.03 and $388.60, among others.

Magistrate Jeff Clarke said Mcpherson had not shown remorse for the crimes.

"At the end of the day this was a substantial fraud on a colleague," Mr Clarke said.

He was sentenced to six months prison, wholly suspended for two years and ordered to pay $5768.34 in compensation.



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