Pokie thief blames unfaithful wife for crimes
ROCKHAMPTON pokie addict Troy Dale Mogg claims his wife's "infidelity" drove him to steal $208,000 over two years from his employer.
Pleading guilty in the Brisbane District Court to one charge of dishonestly gain benefit or advantage as an employee, Mogg was sentenced to five years in jail.
Judge Leanne Clare told the 39-year-old businessman he must serve 18 months before the sentence will be suspended.
Mogg stole the money from Corry Cycles, which has shops in Rockhampton and Mackay.
The fraud subjected the Corry family's Rockhampton business to more than 200 acts of deception, often masking the cash thefts as wages to himself or payments to creditors.
He spent the $208,000 on the pokies, but he attempted to return some of the funds by secretly repaying to the business $40,000 that he won during his gambling sprees.
When the shop's owner noticed some anomalies in the accounts, Mogg explained the frauds away as legitimate business dealings.
His boss eventually brought in an auditor and Mogg finally admitted to the crimes.
Mogg paid back about $5000 then stopped repayments, resulting in his employers contacting police about the frauds.
The thief claimed he took up gambling because his wife had affairs that he said resulted in her children being fathered by men other than the defendant.
"You lived for a number of years with your wife's infidelity and the crumbling marriage," Judge Clare told him.
"You accepted your wife's children to other men as your own.
"Your former wife has acknowledged the pressure that she put you under and it seems likely you suffered from depression.
"Gambling was a coping strategy."
Judge Clare described Mogg's offending as "calculated" and "sophisticated".
"You did not stop until you were caught out," she said.
"You fiddled the books to keep that money hidden.
"It was calculated conduct with some measure of sophistication, it was sustained for a long time until you could no longer hide it.
"It seems unlikely that your former friend (the bike shop owner) will ever get the money that you owe him."