ATM technician accused of stealing $18k on the job

AN ATM technician faces trial in the Rockhampton District Court this week after allegedly stealing more than $18,000 while on the job.

Speros Michael Vassilakos, who has pleaded not guilty, listened from the dock as Crown prosecutor Russell Hood outlined their case against him yesterday.

Mr Hood told the jury the 45-year-old worked for a local security firm at the time of the offence in October, 2008.

He said the company was often subcontracted by Integrated Technology Services (ITS) to attend alarm activations and carry out repairs on ATMs across the region.

The court heard Armaguard personnel restocked a Credit Union Australia ATM at Stockland Rockhampton on September 25. On October 11 Vassilakos received a fax from ITS requesting he attend to an alarm at this ATM.

Mr Hood said Vassilakos went to the job alone about 5.25pm. Normally a security guard also attends if the safe needs to be opened, but this job only required him to open the upper compartment where the computer is located.

However, Mr Hood said electronic records show the safe was opened at 5.40pm using the key kept at Vassilakos' workplace.

On October 20, Armaguard completed a reconciliation of the machine and found that $18,250 was missing.

The court heard the safe was also opened on October 15 and 18. However, both a technician and security guard attended these jobs.

Mr Hood said it was alleged Vassilakos lied to police when interviewed.

The trial continues.



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