Train ticket racket nets worker $330,000

An office executive stole more than $ 300,000 over a 13-year period in a scam focusing on refunds of fake Brisbane train tickets.

Tanya Denise Haddon, 54, is a former employee of Airtrain Citylink Limited, the company that operates trains from Brisbane Airport.

He devised a trial to pretend customers were receiving refunds but their tickets were never canceled, the Brisbane district court heard on Monday.

Ms. Haddon also used her employer’s PayPal account to purchase items online and ship them to her home, including beauty products, books and clothing, Crown Attorney James Bishop said.

The breach began in mid-2006 and didn’t end until 2020, when the bank spotted unusual activity, totaling around $ 2,000.

Mrs Haddon resigned and offered to repay the money.

“To your knowledge, you have said that there have been no other transactions,” Judge Orazio Rinaudo said during Monday’s ruling.

“Of course there were.”

The court heard that Ms. Haddon stole a total of $ 330,000 from her employer, the money used to pay off the debt for airline tickets, overseas travel, clothing and restaurants.

None of the funds have been repaid and Ms. Haddon cannot afford to do so.

“Obviously his conduct was a significant breach of trust … it went on for a long time,” Judge Rinaudo said.

She pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud and was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended after serving about 20 months.

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