Bride, 26, who has flocked her thousands of dollars bosses to fund her lavish wedding, will no longer be jailed for being heavily pregnant
- Pregnant fraudster Claudia Gelonese was sentenced to seven months in prison in January
- She stole money from her employer at the nursery to fund her lavish wedding
- She appealed the sentence and was released after a month in prison
- Prosecutors agreed on Tuesday that she had already served enough time
A pregnant convict fraudster who has stolen thousands from her childcare center employers to fund a lavish wedding need not give birth in prison.
Claudia Gelonese stood before ACT’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, where prosecutors agreed to suspend the rest of her sentence, according to News Corp..
The 26-year-old, who is now seven months pregnant, was released on bail in February after serving a month when she appealed her “hard” seven-month fraud sentence.
Prosecutors agreed on Tuesday to suspend her sentence with the time that had passed since her appeal hearing was delayed due to the coronavirus.
If she had been jailed again, her due date would have arrived in a cell with her in September.
Prosecutors agreed that Gelonese should not give birth behind bars after cheating on a childcare center
Convicted fraudster Claudia Gelonese on her wedding day
‘[The prosecution] in my opinion, has adopted an approach characterized by its usability, reasonableness and fairness. Justice Michael Elkaim said.
He said that as a result of COVID-19 delay cases and an “unsatisfactory” result, he would have sent Gelonese back to prison.
Gelonese was joined to her court appearance on Tuesday by a crowd of supporters, including her Instagram influencer sister.
Despite her sentence being changed, she will still be forced to repay more than $ 7,000 that she stole from her former employer, Bright Bees Early Learning Center.
She got the money by giving parents her personal bank details instead of the ones from the center.
She used that money to fund her dream wedding in Sydney Harbor, complete with Rolls Royces and a reception in Luna Park.
The court heard that she also borrowed $ 10,000 from Bright Bees Early Learning Center owner Amresh Kumar after claiming she “urgently needed the money.”
The family-owned daycare center is reportedly struggling financially after the loan and fraud.
In her previous appearance in court, she declined to comment on pending media and attempted to shield her face from cameras when confronted with crews out of court.
‘Leave me alone. God, “she said through the Canberra Times.
In January, Gelonese wept in court after being found guilty of two counts of gaining financial advantage through deception and one count of violating a warrant of good conduct.
Gelonese also used a corporate credit card to shop for Etsy and hire a graphic designer to create her wedding invitations.
A victim impact statement from her former boss, Mr. Kumar, revealed that the center was overseen by Gelonese under the supervision of regulators.
The center was warned about violating industry regulators, and Mr Kumar said that the administration of Gelonese may have had security implications.
“She was so concerned about taking money … she didn’t focus on work and put children at risk,” he said.
Claudia Gelonese cheated on her employer at the childcare center to fund her big day (photo)