A 29-year-old woman who repaid $43,000 she stole from a Burnie not-for-profit group avoided jail when her 16-month sentence was wholly suspended on Monday.
Rebecca Dorothy Baker, 29, pleaded guilty in February to stealing by misappropriation between March 16, 2013, and May 1, 2015, from Ability Tasmania Group.
The Supreme Court heard that Baker had turned her life around since the offending behaviour and was working as an enrolled nurse at a north west hospital.
"There has been a significant progress in your personal life," Justice Gregory Geason said.
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Justice Geason also ordered that Baker do 240 hours of community service and commit no imprisonable offence for three years.
He said that he did not see Baker as being a continued risk of reoffending.
"I take account that you have repaid the money stolen, that is practical evidence of remorse," Justice Geason said.
He said the offending was a significant breach of trust and was a relatively large sum of money.
The repeated nature of the offending and the fact that she covered her tracks as she went was relevant to sentencing.
Baker was finance and accounts manager at Ability Tasmania Group in a senior position at the time of the thefts and was in charge of about 40 staff.
The court heard that she had a corporate credit card with an allowance of $3000 a month.
She made hundreds of transactions which were not work-related.
"For example, she would purchase food and drinks for herself out of work hours and code the purchase as work-related food and drinks and entertainment," the court heard.
In April 2015, an internal review found hundreds of transactions which were not work-related.
Ability Tasmania engaged a forensic accountant and found that between March 2013 and May 2015 Baker made 374 non-work-related transactions on the credit card totalling $43,414.14.
Purchases included food and drinks, takeaway alcohol, fuel, parking, Telstra bills, clothing, toys, furniture, flooring, households items and tickets to see Taylor Swift.
There were also payments for optometrist, dentist, hairdresser and chemist accounts and a series of online purchases for clothing and hardware items.
She wrote to her former partner: "I am sorry for everything that has happened I am sorry for everything I have put you through. I blame myself for everything that has happened".
The court heard that after the crime was discovered she attempted suicide.
She told a fellow employee in a series of text messages: "I've f...ed my life, I'm fine but I've f...ed it."
"Everything is screwed up"
"Everyone is probably better off with not having me around."
Baker's employment was terminated on May 27, 2015, after she did not respond to a letter from Ability Tasmania Group.
Justice Geason reduced her penalty by 20 per cent because she pleaded guilty early in the legal process.