Fashion designer, 35, who stole $ 163,000 from her boss after he falsely claimed to have given it to her after being squeezed by a judge
- Chaynika Sethi has been found guilty of stealing $ 163,000 from her boss
- Fashion designer plundered the most important transaction bill from the physiotherapy clinic
- Sethi wrongly claimed in court that her boss gave her the money as silence
- The judge expressed his disappointment that she did not repay the money
An accomplished fashion designer who has stolen nearly $ 163,000 from her former employer is being reprimanded by a judge in Perth for failing to make repayments and getting her affairs in order while waiting for bail before being sentenced.
Chaynika Sethi, 35, worked part-time as a practice manager at a physical therapy clinic in Maylands for ten years, building up her fashion label and relying on paying expenses and distributing wages.
But after eight years, mother-of-two looted the clinic's most important transaction bill, transferring cash in a 21-month period.
Chaynika Sethi, 35, worked part-time as a practice manager at a physical therapy clinic in Maylands for ten years, building up her fashion label and relying on paying expenses and distributing wages. But after eight years, the mother-of-two plundered the clinic's main transaction bill, transferring cash in a 21-month period
Last week, Sethi was found guilty of 98 counts of theft as a servant and was scheduled for a conviction in the West Australian District Court on Friday.
But Sethi's new lawyer, Shash Nigam, told the court that he had only been appointed this week and needed time to go through her trial and get instructions before filing a conviction.
Judge Christopher Stevenson expressed disappointment that Sethi had not repaid the stolen money or made arrangements for the care of her young children during her impending prison sentence, as she should have done in the past week.
He again bailed Sethi but placed further restrictions on her movements.
She can only leave her home to visit her lawyer or see a doctor, and Judge Stevenson warned Sethi that she could not bring her children to school or shop.
Sethi claimed during her trial that she had not stolen the $ 162,805 and said it had been put in her bank account by business owner Arran McDiven as & # 39; silence money & # 39; for squeezing her breast during a physiotherapy session.
Judge Christopher Stevenson expressed disappointment that Sethi had not repaid the stolen money or made arrangements to care for her young children during her impending prison sentence, as she had to do last week.
Prosecutor Sarah Kavanagh labeled the claim as & # 39; imaginative & # 39; and told the jury that Sethi was under financial pressure with maximum credit cards, personal loans and a mortgage.
But when Mr. McDiven revealed his own financial problems, forcing him to sell a newly built home, move to a rental home, and move his children from private to public school, Sethi felt guilty.
She secretly paid some money by using her own money for office bills, but stole from him again the following month.
The court heard when Mr McDiven finally noticed an unusual transaction, he confronted Sethi and she agreed to repay the money, mainly through her father in India, so he kept her employed.
Five weeks later, when she had repaid nearly $ 100,000 – but had not received a loan to repay the rest – he suggested that she sell her house and she reacted angrily and threatened to ruin his reputation.
Mr. McDiven fired her then. Sethi will hear a conviction next Friday.
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