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Timothy Cousins gets two years jail for embezzling a million from the Catholics

By johnboy - 26 March 2012 13

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.

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Timothy Cousins gets two years jail for embezzling a million from the Catholics
Tooks 8:19 am 27 Mar 12

Skidd Marx said :

The legal system continues to go soft on white-collar crime. If he’d robbed that amount of money from a bank he’d be put away for a decade, minimum.

Because this method doesn’t require terrorising his victims at gun point. I agree the sentence seems a little soft, but it is the ACT Supreme Court.

obamabinladen 12:53 am 27 Mar 12

In my opinion stealing a lazy mil from the catholic church is no where near as bad as say kidnapping and beating a man. If Tim receives 4 years for this shouldn’t the likes of say Matt Massey who I might add is a repeat offender, be sentenced to say a minimum of 15 years? Just a thought however I’d love to hear what other people think.

milkman 9:34 pm 26 Mar 12

Alderney said :

Havok said :

Fingers crossed the Church get at least some of their money back

Why? Don’t they have enough already!

I think with all the tax organised religion get away with not paying, they should consider themsleves in front anyway.

What happened with turning the other cheek?

fabforty said :

Doesn’t the Catholic Church just forgive criminals and move them quitely to another parish/school ?

Oh, that’s right, this is about money.

+1 for this point of view.

At the risk of not running with popular opinion, I couldn’t see anything in the article about the church trying to recover the money.

Pork Hunt 9:05 pm 26 Mar 12

Havok said :

Fingers crossed the Church get at least some of their money back

Or they could just sell some of their gold, artworks or Pope’s hats…

Alderney 8:57 pm 26 Mar 12

Havok said :

Fingers crossed the Church get at least some of their money back

Why? Don’t they have enough already!

I think with all the tax organised religion get away with not paying, they should consider themsleves in front anyway.

What happened with turning the other cheek?

fabforty said :

Doesn’t the Catholic Church just forgive criminals and move them quitely to another parish/school ?

Oh, that’s right, this is about money.

+1 for this point of view.

Skidd Marx 8:21 pm 26 Mar 12

The legal system continues to go soft on white-collar crime. If he’d robbed that amount of money from a bank he’d be put away for a decade, minimum.

mutley 7:29 pm 26 Mar 12

Havok said :

Fingers crossed the Church get at least some of their money back

Because if anyone needs cash it’s the Catholic Church!

Deref 6:31 pm 26 Mar 12

fabforty said :

Doesn’t the Catholic Church just forgive criminals and move them quitely to another parish/school ?

Oh, that’s right, this is about money.

Yes – you’re thinking of paedophilia.

Havok 6:26 pm 26 Mar 12

Fingers crossed the Church get at least some of their money back

fabforty 4:55 pm 26 Mar 12

Doesn’t the Catholic Church just forgive criminals and move them quitely to another parish/school ?

Oh, that’s right, this is about money.

Fender 4:36 pm 26 Mar 12

How does that sentence add up when the payroll clown whom knocked off $140 thou from Anglicare got 3 years with non parole of 2? A mil a a lot of freight. A 2 year send up for a mil? Sounds tempting!

poetix 4:32 pm 26 Mar 12

I wonder what happens to the house in Thailand.

Holden Caulfield 4:24 pm 26 Mar 12

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned…

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