Taken from www.news.com.au
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.