Woman steals $2000 at work

A WOMAN stole almost $2000 from her employer the day before she left to go on maternity leave, an Ipswich court heard.

Kylie Ann Pieper was a shift manager at the Yamanto Tavern for two and a half years and on her last shift she pocketed $1460 and $500.

CCTV footage showed Pieper handling and putting the cash into her handbag on June 25 and June 26.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Pieper told police she had taken the money to help pay for her father's heart surgery.

Pieper pleaded guilty to stealing by clerks or servants.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said Pieper's behaviour was an enormous breach of trust.

He said the time frame during which the offending was committed was short, but the amount of money taken was significant.

"Nearly always an actual prison term would be imposed," he said.

Defence lawyer Amanda Robinson said the money Pieper took was to pay for medical expenses.

Ms Robinson said her client was expecting $4000 from selling her car but, when that fell through, she had to find other means to get the cash.

The court heard Pieper had about $1000 saved up to start paying the money back.

Ms Robinson said Pieper was about to start work at Flight Centre and asked for a conviction not to be recorded.

Mr Stjernqvist said this presented a problem because of the notion of "hiding" the conviction from future employers, but was hopeful Pieper's behaviour was out of character.

Pieper, a mother-of-one, was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay $1960 restitution.

No conviction was recorded.



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