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Accountant Sentenced to Seven Years for Embezzlement

6 September 2002

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald: "A 58-year-old eastern suburbs accountant and self-confessed gambler, Pauline Dorothy Weir, yesterday was sentenced to seven years' jail, with a non-parole period of four years after being convicted of six counts of embezzling $1.2 million (US$656,000) of client's money during 1998 and 1999.

"Judge Ian Dodd in the NSW District Court described the offences, to which Weir pleaded guilty last May, as serious crimes, a breach of trust and required a sentence capable of being a general deterrent.

"…The court heard from a remorseful Weir that through her gambling addiction she lost $700,000 (US$383,000)at Star City Casino where staff fawned on her and plied her with free champagne and meals.

"A further $500,000 (US$273,000) was sent to Nigeria for an investment scheme she hoped would provide high returns to enable her to recoup some of her losses. The money disappeared.

"Judge Dodd said what made the offences worse was that Weir had previously been convicted of fraud and deception and was doing community service at the time these later offences were committed…"

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