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Pregnant aged care workers who have stolen from her boss are released from prison before her baby is born

The 27-year-old pregnant health care professional, who stole $ 150,000 from her boss, is jailed for just five months, leaving her free in time for her due date

  • Sandra Mumba, 27, stole $ 150,000 from where she worked as an elderly caregiver
  • The judge ruled that she had been influenced by the payroll administrator to steal
  • Mumba, who pleaded guilty, is eligible for parole after five months in prison
  • The judge took Mumba’s pregnancy into account during the criminal trial

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

Sandra Mumba, 27, was a caregiver and occupational therapist at Fresh Fields Aged Care when she teamed up with her cousin, payroll administrator James Whiteman, to steal money between February 2015 and March 2018.

Whiteman adjusted Mumba’s overtime and employee numbers, with Mumba pocketing about $ 34,000 and coaxing nearly $ 55,000 into her cousin, the WA court heard on Tuesday.

Sandra Mumba, 27, was a caregiver and occupational therapist at Fresh Fields Aged Care when she worked with payroll administrator James Whiteman to steal money between February 2015 and March 2018 (stock)

Sandra Mumba, 27, was a caregiver and occupational therapist at Fresh Fields Aged Care when she worked with payroll administrator James Whiteman to steal money between February 2015 and March 2018 (stock)

The rest of the money was paid to the Australian tax authorities by Mumba’s employer in taxes, so she didn’t receive the money.

Judge Michael Gething said there was a clear element of persistence in Mumba’s offense, which could have gone unnoticed had there been no other associate.

“Fraud like the one you committed is very difficult to detect, and that makes it more imperative for the court to impose penalties in such cases, which are sufficiently high to deter people who might be tempted come to offend, “he said.

But Judge Gething accepted that Mumba had been influenced by Whiteman, repented, and had a low risk of recidivism.

Whiteman had previously been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for stealing a total of $ 326,000.

Fellow employee Bridget Chandra, who stole nearly $ 150,000 for Mumba separately, was previously sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Judge Michael Gething said there was a clear element of persistence in Mumba's offense, which could have gone unnoticed had there been no other associate. Pictured: WA court in 2012

Judge Michael Gething said there was a clear element of persistence in Mumba's offense, which could have gone unnoticed had there been no other associate. Pictured: WA court in 2012

Judge Michael Gething said there was a clear element of persistence in Mumba’s offense, which could have gone unnoticed had there been no other associate. Pictured: WA court in 2012

Judge Gething noted that Mumba was younger than Chandra and had a disadvantaged background, but had done an enormous amount of work to improve her life before committing this crime.

He also took her pregnancy into account and said the prison would put a lot more weight on her.

Mumba, who pleaded guilty to servant theft, is eligible for parole after five months in prison.

Judge Gething said he had deliberately structured the phrase so that Mumba might be free by the time her baby was born in November.

She was also instructed to repay Fresh Fields.

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