Bank thief gets bond

A BANK clerk who stole $12,500 from Grafton's St George bank over two months was placed on a threeyear good behaviour bond in Grafton Local Court on Monday.

Tyne Marie Windon, 23, had been working as a casual teller clerk at the Fitzroy Street branch for six months before she made the decision to steal money from a customer's account.

On October 13 she stole $2000 by cancelling the details of a withdrawal made by one of the bank's customers and then re-entering the transaction into the computer system as a higher amount.

Windon repeated the scam three more times, using the accounts of three different customers over the following weeks, stealing two lots of $3000 on October 20 and November 11 and $4500 on December 12.

However, Windon did decide against taking the $3000 she had stolen on November 11 and re-deposited the money back into the customer's account.

The false withdrawals were picked up by an internal bank audit and the thefts reported to police by the branch's manager.

When questioned by police over the thefts, Windon admitted she took the money to help pay 'extreme' credit card debts.

Windon was not fined and was placed on a three-year bond for stealing.

St George Bank is seeking compensation for the $9500 that is yet to be recovered.

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