Adelaide Kerry Ann Keen stole $ 340,000 from plates of the Catholic Church collection that spent five years in prison
A banker who stole $ 340,000 from church collection plates to spend on lavish overseas vacations and Louis Vuitton shopping has been jailed for five years.
Kerry Ann Keen, 55, stole the money while working as a money counter for the company SecureCash between July 2010 and May 2014.
The cash logistics company collects, counts and banks money from various churches, including that of the Adelaide Catholic Church.
Keen was found guilty of theft and aggravated theft last year and was sentenced to five years in prison by Judge Stephen McEwen at the Adelaide District Court on Tuesday.
Former banker Kerry Ann Keen, 55, is in prison for five years for stealing $ 340,000 from Adelaide Catholic Church donations between 2010 and 2014 (stock image)
“You have not regretted or repented and you continue to deny the theft in light of what is clearly overwhelming and irrefutable evidence,” the judge said. The advertiser.
“This was lengthy, unfairly calculated over a long period of time, involving a large amount of money to fund an indulgent lifestyle, contrary to the confidence you were given.”
In her four-year ongoing insult, the 55-year-old used the money she stole to fund her lavish lifestyle.
Keen spent over $ 400,000 on 17 trips around the world to the UK, US, New Zealand, Tahiti and Fiji between 2010 and 2014.
During her vacation, Keen often went shopping and spent $ 97,000 in stores and department stores.
Of the $ 97,000, she spent $ 26,716 on Louis Vuitton handbags, purses, shoes, and a purse she bought from stores in Las Vegas, London, Venice, and Australia.
But her theft didn’t go unnoticed, as the Catholic Church’s financial officials eventually discovered differences between their pre-counts and Keen’s spreadsheets.
Keen visited the Louis Vuitton store in London (photo). She spent $ 97,000 on stores and department stores, including $ 26,716 on LV products from stores in Las Vegas, London, Venice, and Australia on her lavish vacations
Finance began recording the serial numbers of some banknotes while police installed CCTV cameras in the Secure Cash office where Keen worked.
Keen was caught on video and put cash in her handbag.
She was arrested with $ 3,100 in notes about her, some of which had the same serial numbers as financial managers, proving that they come from donations.
The thief planned to go on vacation, but was arrested five days before she could catch her flight.
Keen counted money for the Catholic Church 79 times, during which time the average count was $ 6,716.15.
But after her arrest, the church received an average of $ 10,201.30 every week for 23 weeks.
Keen was found guilty of theft and aggravated theft in December last year at Adelaide District Court.
Judge Stephen McEwen said that she “systematically, intentionally and unfairly” underestimated the total amount of money collected and held on to some of it.
“I think she did this unfairly, without permission from the Church and without any right to claim,” the judge said in his reasons.
“In my opinion, those findings are the only rational conclusion from all the evidence.”
She returned to court on February 14 for convicting submissions and was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide. Keen counted money for the Catholic Church 79 times, during which time the average count was $ 6,716.15, rising to $ 10,201.30 after her arrest