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A COMPUTER store employee stole more than $4000 through making illegal ATM withdrawals and fudging computer sales.

Philip Keith Greig, 29, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of dishonesty - seven counts of stealing as a clerk and three counts of fraud from an employer.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Greig stole the goods and money between January and February last year, after he was entrusted to manage bank accounts.

The court heard Greig would withdraw funds directly from the corporate account and would also make sales on computers, but not deposit the money.

Greig started to steal the money because of financial hardship, the court was told.

In total he stole about $4220 and prosecutors said it was a "huge breach of trust".

On February 12 Greig quit without giving notice and his employers did an investigation into missing stock.

He was eventually questioned by the police and admitted his crimes.

The court heard Greig's offending wasn't sophisticated, but was opportunistic.

He had experienced considerable stress while waiting to be sentenced.

His defence lawyer said Greig had made a "considerable error in judgement", but was now in a stable relationship expecting his first child.

Greig had no criminal history.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said stealing as a servant was a huge breach of trust and normally attracted a heavy penalty.

Greig pleaded guilty to all 10 offences and was sentenced to nine months prison, wholly suspended for two-and-a-half years.

He was also ordered to pay $4220 in restitution to Super Geek, the company from which he stole.

Ms Sturgess said it wasn't up to an employer to make up for shortfalls when their employee fell into financial stress.

She said people had to understand these penalties would be imposed when people stole from their place of work.

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