How a brutal fraudster stole $187,000 from her employer’s bank account in a simple scam that lasted almost a year
- Shania Schwerin stole $187,000 while working as a bookkeeper for Neil’s Parts
- Processed fraudulent refunds using eftpos machine, stated in court documents
- Would then log in to the invoice system to manually change customer invoices
- Placed on intensive correction and must perform community service
A brutal thief who stole thousands of dollars from her workplace by fraudulently transferring payments to her own bank account has narrowly escaped jail.
Shania Schwerin, 24, of Dubbo in central western New South Wales, worked as a bookkeeper for truck parts company Neil’s Parts before being fired in March last year, accused of stealing $187,000 over a nine-month period.
Investigations found that she had processed 108 fraudulent refunds by using an eftpos machine to transfer various amounts of money into her bank accounts, court documents state.
Schwerin then logged into the company’s billing system to manually amend previously issued legitimate customer invoices to appear as if they were subject to refunds, Dubbo News reported.
Shania Schwerin (pictured) has escaped prison despite stealing $187,000 over a nine-month period from a truck parts company she worked for
Officers questioned a number of Neil’s Parts employees, including the manager of the Dubbo office, who trained Ms. Schwerin on how to make refunds.
The process involved informing the branch manager of all repayment credits so that they could be authorised, a detail confirmed by staff at other Neil’s Parts offices, including the Queensland headquarters.
Schwerin pleaded guilty to unfairly obtaining financial advantage through deception in Dubbo court earlier this year.
The The court was told that a hearing on disputed facts would be necessary to find out what specific details she would plead guilty to.
Shania Schwerin (pictured) processed 108 fraudulent refunds by using an eftpos machine to transfer various amounts into her bank accounts, according to court documents
Shania Schwerin was a bookkeeper at truck parts company Neil’s Parts in Dubbo (pictured) when she committed the fraud
The hearing was adjourned when Schwerin returned to court for sentencing last week.
The court was told that Schwerin, who had no criminal record, was suffering from depression.
However, Judge Dina Yehia said she could find no connection between Schwerin’s mental health and the fraud in the evidence before her, the court heard.
The judge assumed she was using the stolen money to fund her lifestyle, as Schwerin had declined to say how the money had been spent, the publication reported.
Schwerin was found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison to be served in the community in the form of an intensive correction order.
She must also do 250 hours of community service, continue counseling and pay $10,000 in compensation to her former employer.
Schwerin may have to pay more damages to Neil’s Parts when the case goes to court later in June.
The court heard that Shania Schwerin (pictured) would log into the company’s billing system to manually change legitimate customer invoices to avoid being subject to refunds