Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Accused Clerk Denies Taking Fish-Sales Money

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Accused Clerk Denies Taking Fish-Sales Money

Article excerpt

AN office clerk accused of stealing more than $100,000 from a major Sunshine Coast seafood wholesaler said she did not take the money even though she admitted to recording 80 to 90% of the fish sales.

Leslie Jean Carter, 47 took the witness stand yesterday to defend herself against stealing $117,287.36 over three years while working at Brown's Slipway fish factory between 2003 and 2006.

It is alleged Ms Carter accepted a number of cash payments for products, filling out written invoices but failing to enter the sales into the computer system.

Barrister Steve Courtney told the jury before Ms Carter took the stand not to expect any abombshellsa.

"She will tell you she is not a thief. She does not know if the money was taken or who could have taken it," Mr Courtney said.

Ms Carter told the jury that security at the fish factory was lax and that cash and cheques from sales were stored in a tin that was kept in a filing cabinet that was mostly unlocked. …

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