Jailed for ripping off employer

A TWEED man who stole more than $17,000 from a Coles Liquorland store where he was employed has been jailed after admitting his actions were ‘deceitful’ in a letter tendered to the Lismore District Court.

Braiden Love, 23, from South Tweed Heads, was unsuccessful in his severity appeal before Judge James Black to have his jail sentence reduced or suspended.

In September last year, a Tweed Heads magistrate sentenced Love to 12 months’ jail, and ordered him to serve at least nine months’ non-parole, after the former liquor salesman pleaded guilty to obtaining money by deception from Coles Liquorland at Forster between September 22, 2008, and March 2 last year.

Love then immediately lodged his severity appeal.

After consideration oflegal argument, Judge Black this week dismissed the appeal and confirmed the orders of Magistrate Nicholas Reimer that Love serve at least nine months jail for his crime.

Judge Black ordered the sentence to begin from February 9 this year, with Love eligible for release on November 8.

At the time of the offence Love was employed as asalesman at the liquor store when he dishonestly obtained $17,592 by a series of deceptions involving refunds for products that did notexist.

Police said he deceived an EFTPOS machine at the store into believing he was a customer legitimately claiming refunds in a series of refund transactions in what was a continuous course of theft of his employer’s property.

In a five-month period Love completed dozens of the unlawful refund transactions in amounts of $50 and $70, before increasing to $150, $210 and $280, with the money ‘refunded’ into his personal debit card account.

In a letter to the court, Love spoke of his shame and described his offences as deceitful actions and an abuse of the trust and responsibility given to him by his former employer.

Love also stated that he would never offend again.

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