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Canberra man steals from ACTTAB 107 times, is sorry

By Barcham - 26 March 2013 31

Simon Wheeler has just been sentenced to five years imprisonment for stealing from ACTTAB to pay off his gambling debts. Using false invoices he managed to trick ACTTAB into paying him money he didn’t win. The amazing part is he managed this 107 times. Should have quit at 106, or perhaps 0.

Five years imprisonment becomes one year full time imprisonment and six months periodic detention due to the evident remorse of the defendant. The lesson is always, always say you’re sorry.

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Canberra man steals from ACTTAB 107 times, is sorry
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 8:56 pm 27 Mar 13

IrishPete said :

chewy14 said :

IrishPete said :

Just been sentenced? It was a month ago, and reported in the media at the time.

But oh, the delicious irony of a parasitic betting organisation being ripped off by a problem gambler. Perhaps he deserves a medal rather than a prison sentence.

IP

Seems you feel that way about most criminals IP.

I have a fairly low tolerance for defamatory Trolls who can’t get their facts right…

IP

No he is actually pretty much right, Pete. Don’t get me wrong, you are no stevian, but probably the closest to them.

IrishPete 7:20 pm 27 Mar 13

johnboy said :

The sentence was only released on the Supreme Court website today.

What other media you speak of we don’t really give a rats arse.

Jeez, who was in a bad mood last night? RiotAct has bene known to link to news articles in other media, so I kinda thought you might read those other media soemtimes.

Surely there’s a story here about how slow the Supreme Court is to release its summaries, as well as actually pass judgements and sentences? Often they don’t put anything up on their website.

(And I won’t call you Shirley again.)

IP

IrishPete 7:17 pm 27 Mar 13

chewy14 said :

IrishPete said :

Just been sentenced? It was a month ago, and reported in the media at the time.

But oh, the delicious irony of a parasitic betting organisation being ripped off by a problem gambler. Perhaps he deserves a medal rather than a prison sentence.

IP

Seems you feel that way about most criminals IP.

I have a fairly low tolerance for defamatory Trolls who can’t get their facts right…

IP

chewy14 11:08 pm 26 Mar 13

IrishPete said :

Just been sentenced? It was a month ago, and reported in the media at the time.

But oh, the delicious irony of a parasitic betting organisation being ripped off by a problem gambler. Perhaps he deserves a medal rather than a prison sentence.

IP

Seems you feel that way about most criminals IP.

johnboy 10:40 pm 26 Mar 13

The sentence was only released on the Supreme Court website today.

What other media you speak of we don’t really give a rats arse.

IrishPete 8:38 pm 26 Mar 13

Just been sentenced? It was a month ago, and reported in the media at the time.

But oh, the delicious irony of a parasitic betting organisation being ripped off by a problem gambler. Perhaps he deserves a medal rather than a prison sentence.

IP

FXST01 7:48 pm 26 Mar 13

He’s sorry he got caught.

LSWCHP 5:41 pm 26 Mar 13

Mr Evil said :

So much for Elton John’s song “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” – in the ACT Supreme Court everyone seems to be sorry after the fact, just to get the complimentary sentence reduction.

I’d be willing to bet almost any part of my anatomy that they are universally not sorry for committing the crime and causing harm, they’re just sorry that they were caught.

In this case, does anybody seriously think this idiot would’ve realised the error of his ways and stopped at 107 offences if he hadn’t been caught? Would he have returned the money, or resigned, or entered a gambling rehab program or done one tiny little thing to indicate that he was really sorry for what he’d done. I don’t think so.

Mr Evil 4:45 pm 26 Mar 13

So much for Elton John’s song “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” – in the ACT Supreme Court everyone seems to be sorry after the fact, just to get the complimentary sentence reduction.

The big questions out of all this are:

– Has ACTTAB management learnt anything from this?

– And have any changes been made to ACTTAB’s processes to ensure this type of fraud cannot (easily) occur again……like 107 times again?

chewy14 4:21 pm 26 Mar 13

obamabinladen said :

5 years seems harsh considering Matt Massey gets less for bashing and kidnapping!

But in this case it was money that was stolen from the government. That’s far more important than some pleb getting bashed or kidnapped. LOL.

chewy14 4:20 pm 26 Mar 13

Dilandach said :

So… to pay his gambling debts, he goes to a gambling establishment? o.O

I’m guessing the initial thought process before pulling off his heists was along the lines of “If I bet on these ponies (rainbow dash fo’ real) and win, I can pay my debts!”

He was an executive with the company.

More like putting Dracula in charge of the blood bank.

liability 4:14 pm 26 Mar 13

Reading the judgement, he only has to serve 1 year full time imprisonment and then 6 months of periodic detention.

A typical ACT Supreme Court sentence, where the offender is sentenced to a particular period of imprisonment, which is then immediately discounted by about 50-75% if they agree to go onto a good behviour bond.

obamabinladen 4:09 pm 26 Mar 13

5 years seems harsh considering Matt Massey gets less for bashing and kidnapping!

bundah 3:48 pm 26 Mar 13

Well they do give one a 25% discount in one’s sentence for a guilty plea and for showing remorse.Mind you one can be an absolute tool and drive at high speed through the suburbs,crash into a tree resulting in the death of a young female occupant and then get weekend detention as punishment!

Dilandach 12:42 pm 26 Mar 13

So… to pay his gambling debts, he goes to a gambling establishment? o.O

I’m guessing the initial thought process before pulling off his heists was along the lines of “If I bet on these ponies (rainbow dash fo’ real) and win, I can pay my debts!”

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