Auckland girl jailed for stealing greater than $800okay from work to fund gambling

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Angela Toelau was sentenced to three years imprisonment at the Manukau District Court.

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Angela Toelau was sentenced to three years imprisonment at the Manukau District Court.

A woman whose gambling addiction led her to create false invoices from her employer in order to steal more than $800,000 has been jailed.

Angela Toelau, 49, worked as a senior customer service representative for Auckland-based company Pacific Steel.

On Wednesday at the Manukau District Court, Judge Jane Lovell-Smith sentenced the woman from Flat Bush to three years imprisonment.

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The court heard between 2016 and 2019, she began creating false invoices to a customer.

In total $864,326 was then paid into her father’s bank account and a sports club’s account managed by her.

The money was then transferred into Toelau’s account and the activity concealed from Pacific Steel.

Toelau’s lawyer said she fully acknowledged the offending, had taken steps to tackle her gambling addiction and had undergone counselling.

Ahead of the sentencing, Toelau told a probation officer she was relived when she was caught.

Judge Lovell-Smith said Toelau was an intelligent individual but clearly a problem gambler, however appeared to be genuinely remorseful.

The judge said the offending was sophisticated and involved a high-level of premeditation.

Toelau had specialist knowledge to access systems in order to orchestrate the scheme, Judge Lovell-Smith.

“You have been employed with Pacific Steel since 2006 and held a position of trust and autonomy,” the judge said.

Toelau was supported in court by a large amount of family.

Judge Lovell-Smith made no orders for reparation due to Toelau being unable to repay the $864,326.