Gambling leads to fraud for former Mackay Sugar employee
A FORMER Mackay Sugar employee has been jailed for defrauding the company of nearly $300,000.
Thomas Eugene Rosier, 54, also took more than $120,000 from Body Corporate Services Proprietary Ltd and his own mother to support his gambling habit.
The total: $421,224.70 over a period of six years.
Crown prosecutor Clayton Wallace said Rosier's former employers had asked for restitution, but that the man was unable to repay the costs.
His fraudulent actions began on April 30, 2009, when Mackay-born Rosier began pilfering money from the estate of his mother's deceased son.
By January 1, 2010, Rosier had defrauded his mother out of just over $61,000, the District Court in Mackay was told.
Then between March 19, 2012 and May 15, 2013, Rosier used his position at Mackay Sugar to transfer about $292,000 to his own bank account.
It was a similar story when Rosier left Mackay Sugar for a role with Body Corporate Services Proprietary Ltd.
Rosier transferred about $67,000 into his account, between June 4, 2014 to January 10 this year, by making false invoices.
Defence barrister Patrick Cullinane said Rosier's marriage had fallen apart as a result of his gambling addiction.
Rosier's estranged wife and two daughters were present for the sentencing.
Mr Cullinane said Rosier had no criminal history and said a psychiatrist's report showed he had alcohol and gambling addictions.
Judge Julie Dick, SC, said Rosier's sentence may have been six years, had he not already completed a 12-week drug and alcohol course.
"There's been three separate stages of committing these frauds, all of them involving a breach of trust, probably the most unpleasant involving your mother," she said.
She sentenced him to five years' imprisonment, to be suspended after 20 months.
Mackay Sugar declined a request for comment.