How to blow $140,000 on internet chat sites?

johnboy 28 August 2010 10

The ABC has an astonishing story on Anglicare’s Canberra and Goulburn accounts department employee Ian Gordon Stubbings, 39, who’s going been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding his employer.

Alarming enough is that a charity can pay out $140,000 in expense claims to an employee over two years without noticing anything is amiss, or maybe having a chat with him about his expenses. (Frankly it confirms my darker suspicions about NGOs).

But somehow he’s managed to spend the money on “internet chat sites”.

By my maths if he’d headed down to a knocking shop for a relatively pricey $500 a throw (heard stories, read books) he’d have been able to go three times a week. (leaving aside the discounts I have heard regular high paying customers can get).

I mean, I like the internet and all, but has a lazy $140k ever been spent more worthlessly?

Ian’s been ordered to pay back $138,000.

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10 Responses to How to blow $140,000 on internet chat sites?
Mustangman Mustangman 8:35 pm 21 Sep 10

I worked with Stubbings, from the outside he seemed like an OK sort of guy, but the real interesting thing about it all is his mother “Barbara” stiil works there. I don’t understand how she can do that pretending that nothing happened, off the pixies I reckon!

I-filed I-filed 2:53 pm 29 Aug 10

” (heard stories, read books) “


Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 10:40 am 29 Aug 10

I reckon he’ll have a right arm like a blacksmith, poor eyesight, and walk with a limp.

(Though a limp what, I don’t think John would allow.)

CanberraCreative CanberraCreative 12:06 am 29 Aug 10

phototext said :

Does “internet chat sites” mean porn sites?

Sites like… well, I can’t actually say their names. But they advertise late at night promising to hook up singles. A couple of these sites were recently in the news because of fake profiles and employees pretending to be people in chat rooms. Courts slugged them with some huge fines. I would think the users who were defrauded were punished enough by the embarrassment of learning that 20 something “Sarah” was really a 30 something IT tech in Bangalore named Raj 🙂

sepi sepi 8:47 pm 28 Aug 10

four years is quite a lot when career burglars seem to get weekend detention.

    johnboy johnboy 9:25 pm 28 Aug 10

    The new acting judge from NSW Sepi. Seems to do things faster and harder.

Fiona Fiona 8:41 pm 28 Aug 10

wow. how can you spend that much?

Should join okcupid 😉 At least it’s free!

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 8:21 pm 28 Aug 10

…has a lazy $140k ever been spent more worthlessly?

How about a lazy $750K, of taxpayer’s money no less

phototext phototext 5:46 pm 28 Aug 10

Does “internet chat sites” mean porn sites?

emd emd 5:10 pm 28 Aug 10

I thought he was employed as an accounts officer or something? in which case it was probably easier for him to cover up his crime than most employees would have.

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