In a theft case, the accused faces the risks of incarceration, loss of certain rights or substantial fines. Representing yourself is one of the biggest mistakes you can do in your life. There is a private theft lawyer that can provide legal representation to make sure that you get the justice you deserve.
Marlee Veness, a 27-year old woman plead guilty of stealing almost half a million dollars during her 2 and half years of employment with Alice Springs Helicopters. She stole a total $486,000 between 2014 and 2017.
According to Prosecutor Stephen Robson, the money was taken by Veness from direct money transfers on over 147 transactions. Many of the transactions were concealed by using legitimate business account names and invoice numbers. Veness used a systematic approach in the theft which was described as an offense that is “at or above mid-range.”
Veness started working with Alice Springs Helicopters in 2014. She was responsible for general bookkeeping, invoice payments, depositing cash in banks and other duties. Warwick Curr, managing director of Alice Springs Helicopters noticed money was missing when Veness left the company in 2017.
The company reported the theft to the police on October 2017 and the authorities started with their investigations. It was found out that Veness spent the money on personal lifestyle goods that included horse equipment.
Although Veness paid back less than half of the money she has stolen, Prosecutor Robson said that the financial, emotional and psychological effects of the crime on the business directors were quite significant.
Alice Springs Helicopters was established in 1992 and begun operating in Alice Springs, Glen Helen Lodge in the West Mac Donnell Ranges and Ross River Resort in East Mac Donnell Ranges. Because of the theft, the company almost went under and they were forced to lay off some of their staff.
If you are in a situation where you are accused of theft, your best option is to hire a theft lawyer who will familiarize himself with the facts and circumstances of your case, the nature of the offense and the courts where the case will be heard. All defenses will be made available so that a satisfactory resolution can be obtained.