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This week a woman who stole $336,251 from her place of employment to gamble online has been given a two and a half prison sentence after she plead guilty to the crime.
Teremoana Tuaiti of Auckland, New Zealand has been given the prison sentence after she plead guilty to stealing the money in order to gamble. Tuaiti used forged documents to scam Smith and Smith 15 times over 10 months, and the money was used to feed a gambling addiction and her rent, as she was having financial difficulty. The defendant did try to repay some of the money she stole, returning $64,000 to her employer, but not recouping enough of the money to repay the theft. She has had previous cases that have similar theft circumstances, which led to the harsh punishment.
Commenting on his sentence, Judge Grant Fraser said, "[The repayment] confirms you got into difficulty and you hoped to gamble your way out of it. It was the biggest bet you've probably taken in your life. But it is the amount and the fact you have previous [convictions] that leaves me with no choice. It's tragic that we're doing that and it is sad but I have no choice."