Albury receptionist who stole thousands avoids custody

LAVINGTON woman Kathryn Ellen Michael was yesterday put on a 19-month intensive corrections order on condition she performs 32 hours of community service a month.

Michael was sentenced over thefts from her former employer Evolve Orthodontics.

Magistrate Tony Murray imposed a 19-month sentence when Michael appeared before him in Albury Local Court in January.

But Mr Murray agreed to have Michael, 22, of Finke Court, assessed to see whether the penalty could be served as an intensive corrections order.

The order’s conditions include Michael being prepared to submit for breath testing, urine analysis and medically approved procedures to check whether she is using alcohol or drugs.

Mr Murray has imposed a $67,883.21 compensation order, but she is declared bankrupt.

The court had previously been told Michael manipulated deposit slips to cover her tracks and planned her thefts.

She had been motivated by greed and offended over almost two years.

Michael began working as a receptionist at the Albury business in February 2010 and the thefts happened between August 1 that year and May 17, 2012.

The money was used for a car, jet-ski, house and gambling and police said Michael lived a life she was unable to afford.

Solicitor James Sloan said gambling was an insidious addiction for many and Michael has a self-imposed exclusion on gambling venues in the Albury region.

Mr Sloan said gambling can only be used as an explanation, not an excuse, but a lot of what happened was motivated by it.