Is This Theft Or Not?

Fri Apr 04, 2003 11:24 pm

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Mum stole $255,000, goes free
April 04, 2003

A MELBOURNE mother of four who helped herself to more than a quarter of a million dollars accidentally paid into her daughter's bank account, walked free from court on a suspended sentence today.

Thirty-year-old Jodie Parchomenko, of suburban Oakleigh, stole $255,000 from a total of $325,000 which was channelled into her three-year-old child's account in a banking blunder.

In sentencing her today, Victorian County Court judge Susan Cohen said Parchomenko had not explained what happened to much of the cash she stole.

Parchomenko said she spent $30,000 on drugs, a lesser amount gambling on the pokies and that she paid bills for herself and for friends.

She had, during May last year, either by internet or going in person to the Mount Waverley branch of the Bank of Melbourne, taken out amounts between $1,500 and $10,000. At one time she withdrew $50,000.

If a large sum of money suddenly appeared in your bank account would you spend it? Do you think it's Ok to spend money that's deposited in that way? Should people who do this be prosecuted and forced to pay the money back?

I say yes. There is no way that you can't know that it's not your money, taking it is nothing more than theft. I think people who spend it should be prosecuted as common theives.

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RE: Is This Theft Or Not?

Sat Apr 05, 2003 12:36 am

Nothing like Spending 30 grand on drugs! Hell of a mother there.

I'd have to agree with ADG. You know if if your account is ahead by 325,000 dollars, and if it is not your money, and you spend it, take it, do whatever with it, it is indeed stealing.
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RE: Is This Theft Or Not?

Sat Apr 05, 2003 12:40 am

I'd agree as way you couldn't figure out that 325,000 in the account isn't yours...and it is stealing, becasue even though it's in your account, and you have access to it, it's not your money. That happed to my dad once (only it was nowhere near that ammount), and he contacted the bank, informed them of their error, and gave it all back.
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RE: Is This Theft Or Not?

Sat Apr 05, 2003 2:26 am

Depends, just like you have a set time to correct mistakes to/from your account (eg. Wrong amount taken by direct debit) the banks only have so long to spot their mistakes - meaning after a set time the money is legally yours.

Although, even then, *I think* the banks can still get you on charges for deception or something like that. I still reckon that not telling would be highly immoral and wrong.

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RE: Is This Theft Or Not?

Sat Apr 05, 2003 2:34 am

ADG, I agree and I believe that's the law here as well. I've seen stories of mistakes during bank transactions going into people's accounts, or ridiculous tax-refund checks made by mistake. They ALWAYS have to pay if spending it and not reporting it and face prosecution (as they should).
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RE: Is This Theft Or Not?

Sat Apr 05, 2003 10:26 am

We had a story recently where an executor of a will put the wrong account # on a depositi form but the right name. It was accidentially deposited into the account of a some social security recipient who immediately spent all of it ($85K) on the pokies. She was on TV saying that in her mind she had done nothing wrong and the law let her go without repaying it.

So the recipients of the money, also Aussie battlers get nothing and the stupid bitch on TV's response was that in here opinion the woman who left the money was probably laughing from beyond the grave.

She KNEW she was doing the wrong thing but she's go no conscience. Pathetic really. People like that are nothing more than a barnacle on the backside of society.

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RE: Is This Theft Or Not?

Sat Apr 05, 2003 10:36 am

Well...I agree if $325,000 suddenly appeared in my bank account, I would certainly know it wasn't mine. I feel that if this were to happen and you spent some or all of the money you should be charged.

Wow...what a mother indeed! But if she spent $30k on drugs, I'm sure she doesn't have very much "brain matter" left.

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