Judge claims gambler's actions posed risk to the economy

THE actions of a gambling addict, who stole $110,000 from her employer, had the potential to undermine Australia's economy, a district court judge has said.

Judge Leanne Clare was explaining the gravity such a betrayal of trust had on businesses when people like Tania Maree Jackson took advantage of their accounts roles.

Jackson began stealing from Rinstrum, an Australian company that has gone global with its innovative weighing devices, just four months after she began working there in 2011 as an accounts payable clerk.

"You were convinced the big win was just around the corner," Judge Clare said.

"It was a self-delusion that became your downfall."

Jackson initially took small "loans" which she repaid when she had a win on the pokies but that eventually "spiralled out of control".

She stole $110,000 over six months through 50 separate transactions but only repaid $50,000, leaving the company $60,000 out of pocket.

"The gambling escalated well beyond your means to repay the stolen money," Judge Clare said.

She sentenced Jackson to four years jail, suspended after she had served 13 months.

The court heard Jackson had alcohol, drug and gambling problems which were exacerbated by her infirm brother.

He was staying with her and kept bringing up painful childhood memories which made her not want to go home, instead heading for poker machines.



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