Five times longer in jail for fraudster

A southern Tasmanian fraudster could spend nearly five times longer in jail following an appeal.

Norman Edward Ohl, then 54, was found guilty in February of two counts of dishonestly acquiring a financial advantage.

Ohl embezzled $200,000 from business partners in property transactions. 

The former Uniting Church elder was sentenced to 14 months' jail, with six months suspended, by Justice Shan Tennent.

Acting Director of Public Prosecution Daryl Coates, SC, appealed the decision arguing it was manifestly inadequate.

Yesterday the Court of Criminal Appeal unanimously upheld the appeal. 

 ``The sentence is certainly not one that is likely to operate as a general deterrent. Having regard to all the circumstances of the offences and the offender, I consider that the sentence was manifestly inadequate,'' Supreme Court Chief Justice Alan Blow said. 

Justices Helen Wood and David Porter agreed.

Ohl sentence was increased to three years' and three months' with a non-parole period of half that.

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