Former Darwin resident who defrauded former employers of nearly $90,000 sentenced to two years in prison

A former Darwin resident has been sentenced to two years in prison after defrauding her former employers, Jakes Steel and Welding, for nearly $90,000 over a four-year period.

Kristy Gall pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining benefit by deception in April, and was today sentenced in the Northern Territory Supreme Court.

The first count relates to 201 unauthorised transactions she made using a company credit card, while the second relates to Gall paying herself recreational leave she wasn’t entitled to, for a combined total of $88,273 and two cents.

Gall’s prison sentence was backdated to July 14 and will be suspended after three months.

She was also ordered to pay restitution of $84,753 within three years of her release from prison.

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Justice Blokland said the length of Gall’s offending was also relevant to the seriousness.(ABC News: Che Chorley)

Emotional toll ‘devastating’ for victims

Justice Jenny Blokland said the objective seriousness of Gall’s offending was around the middle range, partly because of the amount of money involved.

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