Woolgoolga gambler on bond

A WOMAN, who fed her gambling addiction by embezzling money from Australia Post will serve a good behaviour bond.

Eve Marie Elworthy, of Woolgoolga, has been found guilty in the Coffs Harbour Local Court of 18 stealing offences.

The 36-year-old was this week ordered to serve an 18-month bond, repay $7250 and undergo gambling counselling.

The court heard she committed the offences while managing the Warriwillah Post Office, near Bathurst, in 2006 and 2007.

Police proved she made multiple copies of money orders paid to the post office and pocketed the proceeds.

On one occasion she served a customer who paid $581 towards his energy bill.

Failing to process the payment, she stamped the bill as paid and kept the money.

Only after the customer received an arrears notice was the matter taken up with Australia Post. Auditors were called in and the thefts were discovered.

Elworthy admitted to stealing the money and putting it through poker machines.

Found guilty on charges of dishonestly intend to cause a loss, she had her case moved to Coffs Harbour after relocating to the area.



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