Mum who stole $1.4m from employer jailed

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A Mercedes-driving woman who stole more than $1.4 million from her employer to fund her lavish lifestyle and pokies addiction has been jailed.

Anna Acevska on Friday faced the Victorian County Court, where she was sentenced to a total of two years and three months in prison.

The 50-year-old had pleaded guilty to stealing $1.4 million from Williamstown Crane Hire through 243 transactions from November 2018 to March last year.

Acevska, who was as an office manager with full control of the accounts payable and accounts receivable, began helping herself to the company's money within two months of joining.

She stole $19,565 in a single transaction in January 2019.

But her thievery was discovered in March 2020 when someone else took over her duties while she was on leave.

Police discovered a collection of luxury brand clothes and handbags, as well as a black Mercedes, when they raided her home at Truganina, in Melbourne's west.

The mother-of-two told police she gambled large amounts of money on the pokies about four times a week and had struggled financially since getting divorced in 2008, with no financial support from ex-husband.

"I felt sick ... my kids are everything to me and I feel I have betrayed them," Acevska said after her arrest in September 2020.

"And not only them ... even my work. I've failed everybody. I'm just really remorseful. I was too much of a coward to admit it."

Judge Anne Hassan accepted that Acevska faced financial difficulties and had "misguidedly" stolen money to provide for her two sons, one of whom has an intellectual disability.

But she said the 50-year-old woman, who was earning $1100 a week at Williamstown Crane Hire, could not be considered "destitute".

The judge also described Acevska's offending as "relentless" and a serious breach of trust.

"Although you were hitherto a person of good character, that carries less weight because it was your good character you relied on to secure a position of trust within the company from which you stole," Judge Hassan said.

Acevska must serve at least one year and three months behind bars before eligible for parole.

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