The Canberra Times brings word that one Timothy Patrick Cousins has been sentenced to four years without parole (but two of them in weekend detention) for embezzling $1.2 million from the Catholic Education Office.
The senior payroll officer used his high level access to create fictional employees, reopen the accounts of former employees and, on some occasions, disguise his transactions as stipends paid to nuns and priests.
Detectives, eventually tipped off by an anonymous letter, managed to track the 51-year-old swindler’s digital paper trail all the way to bank accounts in Thailand. Some of the money was apparently used to buy land and build a house in Thailand.
Police say Cousins confided in his daughters after he was found out, describing the fraud as being ”like gambling” and saying he could not stop.
Good luck to him getting a job anywhere else when he gets out.