Zambian woman jailed in Australia for fraud


???????? Sandra Mumba, 27, stole $150,000 from where she worked as an aged carer

A pregnant care worker involved in a “sophisticated and disguised” scheme with her cousin to steal more than $150,000 from her boss has been sentenced to 10 months in a Western Australian prison.

Sandra Mumba, 27, was a carer and occupational therapist at Fresh Fields Aged Care when she conspired with payroll clerk James Whiteman to steal money between February 2015 and March 2018.

Whiteman adjusted Mumba’s overtime hours and the number of employees, with Mumba pocketing about $34,000 and transferring almost $55,000 to her cousin, the WA District Court heard on Tuesday.

Judge Michael Gething said there was a clear element of persistence in Mumba’s offending, which could have gone unnoticed had it not been for another employee.

“Frauds like the one you carried out are very difficult to detect and that reinforces the need for the court to impose sentences in these types of cases, which are of a sufficient level to deter people who might be tempted to offend,” he said.

But Judge Gething accepted Mumba had been influenced by Whiteman, was remorseful and at low risk of re-offending.

Whiteman was previously sentenced to three years in jail for stealing $326,000.

Bridget Chandra, who also stole almost $150,000, was previously sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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