Woman stole $220k from employer

FOR THREE-AND-A-HALF years Annette Maree Belden slowly pocketed more than $220,000 of her employer’s money.

The single mum from Aldershot will spend 18 months behind bars after being sentenced in the Brisbane District Court for stealing as a servant.

Belden, 44, pleaded guilty to the charge.

Judge David Reid sentenced her to four-and-a-half years in jail, to be suspended after she spends 18 months in prison.

Belden committed the offence between January 2005 and June 2008, while she was employed by Aldershot trucking business E and S Campbell.

She stole $222,000 from the Campbells by changing the internet banking passwords on the business’s accounts.

E and S Campbell owner Sharon Campbell yesterday told the Fraser Coast Chronicle the theft had completely devastated her and husband Errol, who regarded Belden as “almost like one of the family”.

“It had quite an impact on us,” Ms Campbell said.

“Annette managed the office side of the business.

“We put all our trust in her but she took advantage of us.

“We started 10 years ago with just $4000 and she managed to steal a huge amount – it’s put us back quite a bit.”

The couple thought Belden should serve more of her four-and-a-half year sentence, however the end of the court case was an opportunity for the business to move ahead.

Ms Campbell said the business hoped to employ another truck driver in the future.



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