Mum pilfers $4000 from charity

A BUNDABERG mum has been jailed after she stole more than $4000 from a charity and used it to pay bills and buy gifts for herself and her family.

Vicky Wilson, 36, was working as a supervisor for Meals on Wheels, a charity that helps to feed the elderly and disabled, when she began stealing the money early last year.

"On six occasions she failed to bank the takings," police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.

Sgt Stevens said Wilson kept the money she was meant to bank between February 8 and March 11 last year, stealing a total of $4036.35 from the charity in amounts ranging from $436.40 to $902.40.

"This was discovered during an audit," he said.

"The defendant stated she remembered taking the $902.40 to Westpac but, when she arrived at the bank, it was closed.

"She used the cash to buy her son a birthday present from Target, to purchase groceries and other things for herself."

Sgt Stevens said the woman said on another occasion she used the stolen cash to pay her electricity bill.

Defence lawyer Cathy Tallon appeared for Wilson, a mother-of-three with two teenage sons aged 14 and 17 still under her care.

"The children are dependant on my client to some degree," she said.

Ms Tallon said when her client first started working for the charity she would organise barbecues, which she paid for out of her own pocket.

She said despite Wilson's requests, she was never reimbursed about $350 for the barbecues and that fact was in the back of her mind when she began pilfering money from the charity.

"This originated from a moment of stupidity," she said.

"She found herself in a spiral she could not control."

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced Wilson, who pleaded guilty to stealing as a servant, to nine months jail with parole release on July 24.

She also ordered the woman to pay $2000 restitution to the charity.

"As a supervisor employed by that agency, you were given a significant degree of trust and these offences demonstrate a significant betrayal of that trust," Ms Batts said.

"That is a substantial amount of money for an agency like that to lose."

Topics:  bundaberg charity elderly jail magistrate meals on wheels

Bundaberg wins support to cut exorbitant power prices

CUT COSTS: Mayor Jack Dempsey has called for electricity cuts for the region.

Farmers, growers and irrigators set to save

NAB demands higher deposits for mortgages in Childers

'RESPONSIBLE LENDER': NAB has expanded its restricted postcode list to include Childers.

Bank identifies rising risk in region

Bundy Sugar rewrites the script for safety videos

SAFETY FIRST: Bundaberg Sugar's David Pickering, Kim Norgaard and Richie Moore.

Drones, hi-def cameras, locals star in campaign

Local Partners

Get help at financial info day

A FREE information day to help anyone in need of financial help or advice is being held today as part of Anti-Poverty Week.

Workshops to show you how to bring puppets to life

STRING SECTION: Two puppet-making workshops will be held in the region.

Ever wanted to know how to make puppets?

Barry Gibb is coming to Bluesfest 2017

FANS: Barry Gibb talks to a fan next to a cardboard cutout of his young self.

Aged 70, Gibb has re-launched his solo music career with a new album

Air-con upgrade for Moncrieff theatre

Moncrieff Entertainment Centre.Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail

Cooler theatre on the way

TRAVEL: Musicals light up Sydney

David Campbell performs in Dream Lover.

We take a trip through one of Sydney's finer scenes

Wine and dine your way around Brisbane this summer

Brisbane has the best places to wine and dine.

NINE of the best places to wine and dine.

In Flames are super 'proud' of new album

In Flames album to be released in November.  Photo Contributed

In Flames to release new album in November

Selma Blair blames flight outburst on 'psychotic blackout'

Selma Blair

"I am someone who should never drink, and I rarely do"

Bob Dylan acknowledges Nobel Prize win

Bob Dylan has finally acknowledged his Nobel Prize win

WATCH: Trailer for Jackman's final Wolverine film released

First trailer for the last Wolverine film with Hugh Jackman.

Thrilling trailer promises a dark, dystopian finale for Wolverine

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track

Heavyweight enters real estate market

Des Besanko principal and director of Raine and Horne Springfield.

Major rebranding which has seen two big name brands merge

SEQ is the 'greatest market': property guru John McGrath

SPEAKER: John McGrath of McGrath Estate Agents is today's guest speaker at the Better Business Breakfast.

SEQ is the "greatest" real estate market, says property guru.