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2-1/2 Years Jail For Woman Who Stole More Than $600,000

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Wellington, Oct 16 NZPA - A woman who stole more than $600,000 from her employer was today jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Katherine Ann Henry began her deception in August 2003 by presenting false invoices with her own bank details entered as the recipient, Auckland District Court was told.

After gaining access to the company's financial computer systems she began using colleagues' passwords to create and approve payments to herself.

By January 2007 she had received 110 separate payments totalling $609,503.

In July this year the Serious Fraud Office laid charges and in August Henry pleaded guilty to three counts of obtaining by deception.

Judge Phillipa Cunningham said Henry's crimes justified a starting point of five years prison but the sentence was lowered in light of her guilty pleas, co-operation and mitigating circumstances.

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