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A woman from Melbourne, Australia pleaded guilty to stealing funds from a travel company to gamble and buy methamphetamine.
Enza Testa was a bookkeeper at Reho Travel when she took a criminal turn, issuing false payments beginning in 2015. She did this by issuing fake invoices that ranged from between $300 and $5,500. She did this for multiple years, using the money to gamble, but then moved on to using meth, which she spent about $400 a week on.
Testa was eventually caught after a tip came into the travel company's executive team, which was new after the existing company was purchased by a larger group. She was eventually fired and charged with the theft. She was given a three year prison sentence, a drug rehab mandate, and 350 hours of community service.
Addressing the defendant Judge Rosemary Carlin said, "It may be assumed the new owners relied heavily on you as an experienced, long-term employee. Instead of assisting them in their new venture, you embarked on your own venture of deceit, which only ceased when your activity was detected."