Probation for daughter who stole thousands from parents

A YOUNG mother who siphoned more than $40,000 from her parent's joint bank account has escaped jail.

Rachel Finucane, 22, was living with her parents at their Wondunna home when she first transferred $400 from their Commonwealth account into her National Australia Bank account in January this year.

It would be another three months before her habit, which gradually saw her increasing the amount and peaked with a $10,000 transfer in March, would raise the suspicion of her parents and land her in trouble with the law.

Documents before the Maryborough District Court revealed 13 transfers totalling $41,000 had been made without permission.

Her parents had gone to the Hervey Bay Police Station on March 5 after discovering the funds were missing.

They told police they had phoned their daughter and asked her to return the money but that she said she did not have any left as it had been spent on rent and board for the next 12 months.

The parents believed she had covertly obtained their internet banking password.

Finucane, who the court heard had since turned her life around, was ordered to serve three year's probation.

She was also disqualified from driving and convicted for drug possession but not further punished.



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