Mandurah: man who used company credit card, denied spent conviction

Mandurah: man who used company credit card, denied spent conviction

A LANDSCAPE carpenter who claimed he was short changed by his employer thought the best way to regain money was to “deliberately” spend $245 using the business’ credit card.

Jamie Boltz (29) pleaded guilty in Mandurah Magistrates Court today to four counts of stealing as an employee of a Mandurah pipe supplier business.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Tamara Read said Boltz used his work credit card at Target in Perth and again at Woolworths in Greenfields for personal use on December 30, 2017.

Boltz decided to use the card again on December 31 and spent $60 at Gamesworld.

Snr Constable Read said Boltz, for the last time, used the card on January 2 at Greenfields Caltex.

He later handed himself in to police and made full admissions.

Defence lawyer Julie Lindsley said Boltz believed he was short changed every week and spoke to his employer about it but no further payments to him were made.

Ms Lindsley said Boltz was frustrated at the time but understood there were other ways to deal with the situation.

Ms Lindsley told court Boltz was in the process of trying to recoup the money he believed was owed and he had no previous record.

Boltz asked to be granted a spent conviction order on the charges as he often worked at schools fixing reticulation and would have to obtain a police clearance each time.

Ms Lindsley said the offences would affect Boltz’s employment prospects.

Magistrate Anne Longden said Boltz accepted responsibility, which was shown through handing himself in to police.

“However, it doesn’t make the situation any better as you acted on whim and used the company card,” she said.

Based on the seriousness of the facts and Boltz’s “deliberate” actions, Ms Longden denied Boltz a spent conviction order on all four charges.

Boltz was fined $1000 and ordered to pay compensation to the pipe supplier company.

A company spokeswoman denied underpaying Boltz.

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