Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Cocaine, Designer Labels Paid by Fraud; Price Stole over $58,000 from Friend and Boss

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Cocaine, Designer Labels Paid by Fraud; Price Stole over $58,000 from Friend and Boss

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Byline: Kerri-Anne Mesner kerri-anne.mesner@capnews.com.au

A MANIPULATIVE fraudster stole over $58,000 from Gladstone business owners while working as practice manager for their dental clinic and befriending one of the business partners.

Sommer Julie Price, 33, was sentenced in the Rockhampton District Court yesterday for four fraud charges she pleaded guilty to in Gladstone District Court on April 15, 2019.

Crown prosecutor Alexandra Baker said Price had been employed with One Dental Group - owned and operated by David and Anita Fortier - as a dental assistant/receptionist in February 2014, handled payments from clients and had access to financial software.

She said Price was promoted to practice manager in April 2015 and her access to the business's finances grew - she then had access to all of the business's banking.

Ms Baker said Price also developed a personal relationship with Mrs Fortier, even going on a trip to America together.

She said during the 18-month fraud period where she obtained $58,010, the business also had a high staff turnaround.

The court was told Price, an Emmaus College graduate, would do the daily banking.

"She failed to bank a significant amount ($50,939)," Ms Baker said.

Price doctored papers and altered reports to conceal her offending.

Only $11,000 of unconfirmed deposits were made into her personal account during the offending period, with Price using the rest on designer clothes and accessories, flights, accommodation, and shouting rounds of drinks.

Price also used the business's credit cards and HICAPS system to pay bills and make purchases.

The court heard Price had been seen to snort cocaine during the offending period.

Ms Baker said Price paid for a table of 10 at a Melbourne Cup function at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre using the business accounts and then told Mrs Fortier she had used her own funds, which resulted in Mrs Fortier transferring $1100 from her personal account to Price's. …

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