Charity worker gambled 1.5 million Uniting Care’s funds

What a champion of society this loser is. Trusted with controlling  finances at charity Blue Care, an arm of Uniting Care QLD, he thinks it fine to go steal one and a half million from donations to go gamble on sports or horses.What happens to something who could take advantage of such trust and piss it up against the wall? he gets seven years, but will be out in 2. Then what will happen to him after bludging more money with us footing his upkeep in jail? They will ship him back to Sri Lanka. How about the bugger is made to work his arse off in Australia to pay back every single cent he stole???? No deterrent at all, regardless of whether the charity had insurance or not. 2 bloody years, 750,000 for each year. You go rob a corner store with a pocket knife for 2 packs of smokes and 200 dollars you might get the same…It is a joke, white collar crime is the way to go for all you crim’s out there, that’s for sure. No wonder its so hard for charities to get donations

Addict blew more than a million from a charity on Sports Betting, will serve 2 years

A GAMBLING addict who stole more than $1.5 million from a Queensland charity has been jailed for seven years.

Dinesh Enoka Abeysuriya, 29, stole the money over a 12-month period from March 2009 while working in the finance department of Uniting Care Queensland, which was trading as Blue Care.

The Brisbane District Court was told on Wednesday that Abeysuriya abused his position with the health-care charity to falsely inflate invoices from suppliers so he could skim money.

He also processed a number of invoices twice, legitimately paying the first lot to the supplier and pocketing the duplicated amount.

By the time Abeysuriya’s fraud was discovered he had stolen $1.53 million from the charity, which has since protected itself from the loss through an insurance claim.

The court was told Abeysuriya spent the money on internet sports gambling, which also saw him overdraw his credit card by about $223,000.

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Abeysuriya pleaded guilty last week to one count of aggravated fraud as an employee and one count of aggravated fraud.

Today Judge Kerry O’Brien jailed him for seven years.

Abeysuriya will be eligible to apply for parole in November 2012.

The court was told he will return home to Sri Lanka after serving his sentence.

Another story on the Fraud here…

A FINANCE clerk who misappropriated $1.5 million from his employers, a major charity organisation, was jailed for seven years today.

Dinesh Enoka Abeysuriya was before the District Court in Brisbane to be sentenced for a year-long fraud which funded his online gambling addiction.

Abeysuriya stole $1.5 million from the Uniting Church‘s Blue Care organisation and after money found in his accounts was frozen, the value of shortfall was about $900,000.

A second charge arose because Abeysuriya would regularly use his online account with sports betting organisation Centrebet, where $1.88 million in bets was shown on his Commonwealth Bank credit card.

When Abeysuriya finally stopped gambling his credit card was overdrawn a further $223,409, the court heard.

Abeysuriya, 29, pleaded guilty to aggravated fraud as an employee with a financial advantage of $1,534,967 between March 25, 2009, and April 9 this year.

He further pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining $223,404 from the Commonwealth Bank between March 5 and April 9 this year.

The sentence hearing was adjourned until yesterday so that Judge Kerry O’Brien could consider various aspects, including when Abeysuriya could be deported.

Judge O’Brien said he had been asked to impose five years jail so that Abeysuriya could have a partial suspension of his sentence, allowing him to have a definite date for his deportation. Yeah, lets make this easy on the guy, a load of rubbish

But Judge O’Brien said he could not take into account what other bodies, the parole board or immigration authorities, might do in the future when imposing a sentence.

He said despite the mitigating factors, including Abeysuriya returning to Australia under his own free will, a sentence of seven years jail was needed.

Judge O’Brien set a parole eligibility date at November 22, 2012.

Last week, prosecutor Jacob Robson told the court Sri Lankan-born Abeysuriya came to Australia from New Zealand in 2008 to work at Blue Care, where he was responsible for credit payments.

He said Abeysuriya misappropriated the money, which he used to gamble online, over a 12-month period.

Mr Robson said Abeysuriya used three methods to misappropriate the money – inflating invoices and paying the extra to himself, paying invoices twice to legitimate creditors and himself, and paying invoices to himself.

He said the frauds were uncovered when a Commonwealth Bank employee became suspicious of large amounts of money going through Abeysuriya’s account.

Eventually Blue Care called in auditors who uncovered the frauds, and after being confronted, Abeysuriya fled to Sri Lanka.

Mr Robson said Abeysuriya returned to Australia and was remanded in custody in July.

He said Blue Care, one of Australia’s largest non-profit organisations for health and care for the elderly, expected the outstanding money would be covered by insurance.

Barrister Steve Zillman, for Abeysuriya, said his client had been lonely when he came to Australia to work and took up gambling.

“He was young and lonely. He felt isolated and suffered from anxiety and depression,” Mr Zillman said.

He said a psychiatrist’s report showed Abeysuriya had a pathological addiction to sports betting.

It was backed up by statements from his Blue Care workmates who often saw Abeysuriya’s computer open at sports betting sites.

Mr Zillman said Abeysuriya, who had returned to Brisbane of his own free will, was keen to be deported back to Sri Lanka once he had served his sentence.

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  2. Nobody checks whether the company that sends those invoices are actually existed. It’s blind faith or just plain laziness. It happened to my old workplace ages ago and when I brought the subject to my superior I got into trouble. Well maybe s/he too got involved in the scam. So much for separation of duties where certain duties should be done by separate person to avoid collusion. Some “friends” just said to me whether s/he could use my computer (my name & password will appear on those activities s/he is going to do) because s/he could not use his/her computer so I had to explain that “separation of duties” thing and s/he looked at me like I just grew two heads.


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