JAIL TIME: Explosive business fraud blows out to $180K
A NEW Zealand-born woman copped a heavy sentence after she fraudulently obtained $180,568.10 through sales while working for a Central Queensland explosives business.
Leala Fane Roskilley, 44, was sentenced in Rockhampton District Court on Thursday to one count of fraud as an employee, after pleading guilty back in March.
It was originally reported Crown prosecutor Tiffany Lawrence said the money was obtained through 52 transactions for 70 shipping containers that were used to store explosives from eight customers between March 26, 2015, and July 11, 2017. The shipping containers were empty at the time of purchase.
Roskilley had been working for Incitec Pivot Ltd at Bajool for eight years and nine months before her offending was detected and her employment terminated on October 31, 2017.
Ms Lawrence said part of Roskilley's role at Incitec Pivot was to take details of customers interested in purchasing the shipping containers for $2500 each and pass the information onto her supervisor.
"She would receive calls and instead of referring those details, she would provide the purchasers with her own bank details which the funds were deposited into," she said.
Ms Lawrence said Roskilley was also using social media to sell the containers.
"With individuals expressing interest, she would contact them privately," she said.
"It wasn't just that customers were contacting her, she was actively seeking clients."
Ms Lawrence said, following further investigations, the company had incurred a greater loss associated with the transport of delivering the containers to customers, using the company's business account with the transport company.
"The defendant would arrange for Rocky's Own Transport Co to pick up the containers from the Bajool site and have them delivered to the customer," she said.
"That included transporting them from one site to another within the company."
Ms Lawrence said, for each container, the price of the transport was $223.83.
Applying that to 70 shipping containers, Incitec Pivot was out of pocket for transport costs of $15,668.10, increasing the total amount lost by the company to $180,568.10.
Roskilley told police she used the money to pay bills, look after her four New Zealand-born children and two grandchildren, as well as take in other children.
Roskilley was sentenced to five year's imprisonment, with a parole eligibility date of November 20, 2020.