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.

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.

Related Coverage

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.

Sonya Causer pleads guilty to stealing $20m from Clive Peeters


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How this one ever happened is beyond belief.This woman Sonya Causer, ran the payroll yet managed to rip off the company for 20 million over quite a short period of time. Now this bright spark probably never expected to get caught, so she went quietly about buying more than 40, yes 40 houses around the traps. That’s what I call staying under the radar. Hey at least she was charitable with the retailers money. She even bid for and won a car in the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, what a heart… The reality is though this mum is going to jail, and so she should.

Sonya Causer sits proudly in the Holden SportWagon she successfully bid for in the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal Online Auction last year.

THE payroll manager of troubled white-goods and electrical retailer Clive Peeters has admitted she used $20 million in company funds on a spending spree, buying more than 40 properties in the past 18 months.

Sonya Causer, 38, from Lilydale, spent the equivalent of a year’s company earnings secretly compiling an impressive portfolio, including nine properties in Melbourne’s inner east, 28 in the outer eastern suburbs, and two in Mildura.

She bought a house in Balwyn North worth $995,000 and one in Surrey Hills worth $925,000.

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Sonya Causer sits proudly in the Holden SportsWagon she successfully bid for in the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal Online Auction last year.

In total she bought 43 properties, including five in suburban Brisbane and one in Tasmania.

Her 18-month spree from the listed retailer – which has 49 stores and 1300 staff – was worth more than the pre-tax earnings of $17.3 million in the 2008 financial year.

She also spent $166,500 on three cars, including a luxury $105,000 Audi four-wheel-drive, a Holden station wagon and a Toyota LandCruiser.

But last week her double life came crashing down, when she was confronted by managing director Greg Smith and she admitted to using a loophole in the company’s internet banking with National Australia Bank to steal from the company.

”I have stuffed up big time and just want to curl up in a ball and disappear,” she told Mr Smith in one of their meetings.

Mr Smith yesterday said he was hopeful the company would be able to recoup most of the losses because Ms Causer had confessed she had stolen the funds and agreed to transfer the Victorian properties back to the company. Many of the homes had been generating rental income, he said.

Ms Causer has admitted to falsifying payroll records, transferring cash to her bank account.

Until the full scale of the fraud was uncovered by auditors last week, Ms Causer, who has worked at the Clive Peeters Melbourne head office for three years, tried to cover up and then play down her role.

She was able to transfer company money to her bank account, and those of her company, M & S Business Enterprises, between November 2007 and June this year because she was a signatory to the company’s account, as a senior member of the finance team. Her theft was not immediately apparent because she attempted to cover her trail by changing financial records.

Sonya Causer

Ms Causer started snapping up her portfolio just seven months after she was promoted to payroll manager in April 2007.

The alarm was raised on the missing money on July 29 when one of her colleagues, another Clive Peeters accountant, noticed a $2 million variation between two company ledgers. Only after further investigation by the auditors did the company discover there was a much larger hole.

The company told the Australian Securities Exchange at the end of July that it had found an unexplained $7 million hole in its accounts. This later grew to $20 million.

Ms Causer initially purported to assist the company’s auditors, Deloitte, in the investigation of her own fraud.

Only after she attempted to cover her money trail by changing figures on internal accounting systems did she admit to management she had falsified financial documents.

Ms Causer initially claimed she had only falsified entries in an accounting ledger to ”help the company”, only later confessing to the full extent of the theft in a meeting with Mr Smith on August 4.

As payroll manager, Ms Causer had a salary of $125,000.

Clive Peeters shares have been suspended until it completes its investigation into the fraud. Earlier this month the company said it expected to post a loss of between $11 million and $12 million for the 2009 financial year.

It has taken civil action against Ms Causer to freeze her assets and have them transferred to the company. No criminal action has been launched.