Detention order for thief

A GRIFFITH woman who stole more than $110,000 from her mother to feed her drug and gambling addictions was imprisoned by way of Intensive Corrections Order at Griffith Local Court last week.

The 42-year-old woman, who cannot be named, was living with her mother when she stole, in total, $111,967 from her internet bank accounts.

On February 29, 2012, somebody called Westpac Bank pretending to be the woman’s mother and changed her internet banking password.

Between that date and September 12, 2012, the woman made 139 transactions, totalling $115,239, by transferring funds from her mother’s e-Saver account into her basic account.

Also, between February 29 and March 15, the woman made a further six transactions between accounts totalling $5720.

Then between April 12 and September 12, the woman made 396 internet purchases, totalling $9741, using her mother’s debit MasterCard.

On May 29, 2012, the woman transferred $119,448 out of her mother’s term deposit, and terminated the account. 

Westpac has compensated the victim for her losses.

The woman will serve an 18-month Intensive Corrections Order (ICO). 

An ICO is served in the community under the strict supervision of Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) rather than in full-time custody in a correctional centre.

Under an ICO, offenders must comply with strict conditions, including a minimum of 32 hours of community service work per month, participating in programs to address offending behaviour, drug testing, and complying with all reasonable directions from a CSNSW supervisor.

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