Servant turns stealer at Telstra

A FORMERLY squeaky clean Telstra Shop employee who stole money that customers paid for their phone bills has been ordered to do 100 hours community service.

Jake Edwin Greenfield worked for the Maryborough shop for four years before a “brain explosion” on August 21 led him to steal from the business.

The Maryborough Magistrates Court was told three customers went into the Lennox Street store that day to pay their phone bills.

Greenfield processed the bill payments but later reversed the transactions and put the cash into an envelope, which he hid in his locker.

The total of the three bills was $617.

An internal investigation was conducted by the company after a customer came into the store on September 14 to advise the $226 bill they had paid had not been credited to their account.

Cash register tapes were inspected and CCTV footage showed Greenfield stealing the cash.

The 24-year-old was confronted by his boss and was sacked; the $617 he stole was deducted from his severance payout.

He pleaded guilty in court to stealing as a servant.

Greenfield had no previous criminal history, prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said.

Defence solicitor Travis George said Greenfield’s actions amounted to “poor decision-making bordering closer to stupidity.”

“He has no excuse or explanation for the brain explosion that happened on that day,” Mr George said.

“He has never been in court before: he knows right from wrong and he did the wrong thing.”

Mr George said Greenfield had a partner and was “mortgaged to the hilt.”

He argued a conviction should not be recorded as it was a first offence and an early guilty plea. A conviction could affect Greenfield’s future job prospects.

Magistrate John Smith agreed to not record a conviction, however he sentenced Greenfield to 100 hours unpaid community service.

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