Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Kim DUONG

Year: 
2012-2013
Category: 
General Fraud
Location: 
New South Wales

In June 2007 the defendant and her husband entered into a Licensed Post Office (LPO) Agreement with Australia Post to operate and manage the Bexley LPO. In April 2011 the Australia Post Audit Compliance Group conducted an unannounced audit of the Bexley LPO after identifying anomalies in the records amounting to a deficiency of $54,530.

The defendant admitted to taking and using Australia Post money for her personal use by either directly depositing cash into her bank account or taking cash from the LPO. She attempted to conceal her actions by falsifying entries on the Cash Collection Summary Sheets and amending them shortly before the staff arrived to collect the cash.

The defendant repaid the total amount of the deficiency and wrote a letter to Australia Post explaining her actions.
The defendant pleaded guilty to an offence of dishonestly obtaining a gain from a Commonwealth entity pursuant to section 135.1(1) of the Criminal Code. On 11 September 2012 in the Downing Centre Local Court the defendant was sentenced to perform 200 hours of community service.