Ex-employee 'stole documents'

A LAUNCESTON businesswoman accused of theft told her former bookkeeper that an ex-employee was a "f--- b---h" who had stolen documents to "implicate" her, a court has heard.

Commonwealth prosecutors have accused Newstead woman Susie Fisher of stealing more than $30,000 from Australia Post, between April 2011 and May 2012, when she was a licensee.

The post office was part of her pharmacy business in George Town Road, Newnham.

Ms Fisher is contesting three counts of theft and the prosecution case continued yesterday.

The Crown called a former bookkeeper, who had provided professional services to Ms Fisher, to give evidence.

The woman said she attained a bachelor of business, with a major in accounting, in December 2010.

She told the court that she stopped doing bookkeeping for Ms Fisher in May 2012, because she was concerned with the deficiencies in Ms Fisher's safe.

The witness read out text messages, which had been transcribed, that she exchanged with Ms Fisher in July 2012.

The woman said she sent a message to Ms Fisher asking if she was "OK", after she read certain posts on Ms Fisher's Facebook page.

Ms Fisher replied that a former employee was a "f--- b--ch" who had stolen documents to "implicate" her, and she would "stand to lose everything", the witness said.

In addition, the woman told the court that she talked to Ms Fisher in January 2012, about Ms Fisher's financial situation.

The witness said they discussed an expected 2010 tax bill of about $60,000, and the need to get Ms Fisher's Amex card debt "under control" because it was "well over" $100,000.

The hearing, before magistrate Reg Marron, will continue on January 29 and 30 next year.

The defence has foreshadowed that Ms Fisher will give evidence.