A Tasmanian make-up artist stole greater than $ 65,000 from her former employer to fund her “luxurious life-style,” a court docket has heard.
Olivia Rose Rodgers appeared in Hobart Magistrates Court docket Tuesday after pleading responsible to 62 counts of dishonestly buying a monetary benefit in connection together with her two years working at Bupa Well being Insurance coverage.
The court docket heard that the 31-year-old girl made a number of false insurance coverage claims on behalf of household and buddies, however she was the only real beneficiary of the cash.
Police prosecutor Ann Edge advised the court docket that Rodgers would give his household and buddies numerous the explanation why the cash would land of their financial institution accounts after which ask them to switch it to his account.
However this was not initially obvious to police, who initially investigated and charged his household and buddies for believing it was a “joint prison enterprise,” the court docket heard.
Rodgers’ lawyer, Fabiano Cangelosi, advised the court docket: “The defendant lived within the information that her whole household was underneath scrutiny, charged and showing earlier than the Supreme Court docket of Tasmania for the errors she made.”
“In her eyes, they have been punished for the issues she had performed incorrect,” he stated.
Amongst them was his mom, terminally sick.
“[She] has to reside with the information that within the final years of his mom was admitted to the Supreme Court docket for one thing that [Rodgers] has performed, “he stated.
Lawyer Says Rodgers Had ‘Undiagnosed’ Psychological Situation
The protection argued that Rodgers stole the cash as a result of he was experiencing “some issue with paying Bupa” and affected by anxiousness and stress.
“[Her] episodes of acquiring financial benefits coincide with the stress of [a] credit score supplier in reference to a private mortgage and Bupa not paying you on time, “he advised the court docket.
However he admitted that it “went method past that” and the defendant later used the stolen cash for residing bills.
Nevertheless, he argued that she was “experiencing a critical psychological situation” that was not medicated, identified or managed in any method on the time.
“She did not take into consideration the results of what she was doing,” he stated.
She stated the truth that Rodgers was shocked by the sheer quantity she had stolen when confronted by the police was additional proof of this.
“He hadn’t totally realized how a lot he had taken,” he stated.
Proof of ‘luxurious life-style’ on financial institution statements
However the prosecution refuted these claims and submitted financial institution statements that exposed “beneficiant” bills.
Ms. Edge advised the court docket that Rodgers had stolen out of “greed, versus necessity” and the “proof of this [was] by yourself financial institution statements. ”
“[She stole] to have the ability to reside what may solely be described as an opulent life-style, “he stated.
He stated the statements confirmed that Rodgers had spent cash on a number of interstate journeys, automobile leases and buying.
On one event, Rodgers flew to Melbourne, stayed on the Hilton Lodge, did some buying, after which flew to Queensland the subsequent day, earlier than going to Bali.
A snapshot of her account in November 2015 confirmed that whereas she made simply over $ four,000 with Bupa and her make-up enterprise, she spent over $ 9,000, financing the remaining with cash illegally obtained from Bupa.
Two different month-to-month “snapshots” confirmed comparable patterns.
Cangelosi argued that this overspending and “residing past his means” was a probable consequence of his psychological situation on the time.
Ms. Edge additionally stated that Bupa had disputed Rodgers’ claims a few payroll problem.
She stated Rodgers had been an informal worker who may take day off at will by not being out there.
The prosecution argued that the gaps in her wage, as proven within the financial institution statements they acquired, have been associated to intervals when Rodgers had chosen to take day off to concentrate on her make-up enterprise.
The occasions corresponded with the “marriage ceremony peak season” and there have been financial institution deposits known as “marriage ceremony” and “make-up”.
Lawyer urges non-custodial sentence
The court docket heard that Rodgers left Bupa in September 2017 and was now a profitable, freelance, full-time make-up artist who was “in demand within the better Hobart space and within the state.”
Cangelosi stated that sending her to jail would “considerably injury her status” and that only a few folks would need to use her as a make-up artist.
“An individual who’s productive, who has utterly stopped offending [would] You’ll not have the ability to conduct productive enterprise, “he stated.
“I might have a job, however it might be the lack of a really productive enterprise.”
He additionally stated that Rodgers meant to take care of his terminally sick mom and that a attainable home arrest or a jail sentence would make it troublesome, arguing that had the case been handled earlier this might not have been an issue.
The sentencing listening to was postponed to obtain additional shows from the protection, and Rodgers will likely be sentenced at a later date.