West Wodonga woman Faylene Holland spent or transferred almost $9000 of a $41,205 payment into her bank account, but denied she had anything to do with the money’s sudden appearance.
Instead, the 50-year-old lay the blame on a man she met on an online dating site, claiming he pressured her into giving her bank account numbers.
But Holland couldn’t tell police the name of the man who supposedly got the money out of the victim, an engineering company north of Wollongong.
Defence solicitor Rohan Harrison said that while Holland’s offending was serious, this was mitigated by the fact that Holland accessed only $8634.65 of the $41,205 transferred to her account.
Magistrate Rodney Brender suggested the amount taken by Holland might have been far higher had she the time and opportunity.
“They got $32,000 back because they froze it; otherwise, they would have lost it all,” Mr Brender said.
Holland, who Albury Local Court heard showed no remorse, pleaded guilty to a single charge of deal with property/proceeds of crime.
The money was transferred by Fairy Meadow company Mainteck Services on December 6, 2016, as part of a regular pay run.
This landed in Holland’s Commonwealth Bank account on December 12.
Holland withdrew $2000 that day from Birallee Village Shopping Centre and made a “gift” transfer of $4500 to a woman in Western Australia by the name of Juanita Waigaina, who she later claimed she did not know.
The next day she withdrew $2000 in High Street, Wodonga.
Mr Brender imposed a seven-month suspended jail term.
Holland was also ordered to pay compensation of $8634.65.
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