NSW Fraud Funded Music and Games on iTunes

A Sydney woman has admitted defrauding the credit union where she worked of more than $50,000 which she used to buy music and games on iTunes.

Nilani Theresa Lene pleaded guilty to a charge of dishonestly obtaining property by deception during her first appearance at Burwood Local Court on Thursday.

The 37-year-old was working at Community First Credit Union when she defrauded her employer of $56,440 between 2015 and 2017, according to the police statement of facts.

Lene, who worked as a corporate services officer at the credit union’s Auburn head office, bought 1090 iTunes gift cards worth between $20 and $100 over the two years.

The police facts say she routinely deleted invoices in her email inbox and doctored physical invoices to conceal her crime.

After the purchases were discovered in May 2017, she made full admissions and showed remorse during an internal interview, saying she used the iTunes cards to buy music and games, the facts say.

She is scheduled to be sentenced next month and her former employer is seeking $56,440 in compensation.