North Burnett clubs moving on from theft

CONVICTED: Kourtney Ellen Grace Turner was sentenced to two years and six months in jail after being convicted of fraud.
CONVICTED: Kourtney Ellen Grace Turner was sentenced to two years and six months in jail after being convicted of fraud. Annie Perets

TWO North Burnett clubs are looking to the future after being defrauded almost $50,000.

The Gayndah Gladiators Rugby League Club and Gayndah Jockey Club had $29,069 and $17,298 stolen from them, respectively.

The thief, former treasurer Kourtney Ellen Grace Turner, was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail, suspended after four months, in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court last week.

Turner pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud, committed between November 2016 and October 2017.

Gayndah Gladiators president Gavin Berrie said his club did not want to look back and was focussing on the 2018 season.

"The towns have just been very supportive and have helped us over the last six months,” Mr Berrie said.

"We held the sportsman's lunch which had over 200 people in attendance, then the golf fundraiser last weekend with more than 70 golfers taking part and on Saturday we have a rugby league match against Murgon, raising funds for the club so it's been terrific.

"We're a much stronger club now than what we were before.”

The court heard Turner made hundreds of transfers to her personal banking account while she was treasurer of both clubs.

During sentencing, magistrate Stephen Gutteridge said Turner's actions indicated "persistent offending over a protracted period of time.”

"The fraudulent activity was clearly a breach of trust against persons who believed you were offering them support and assistance,” he said.

"In reality, it would take you many years to repay the full amount.”

Topics:  fraud case gayndah gladiators football club gayndah jockey club north burnett

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