- A woman has been jailed for stealing money from parents at a Gold Coast school
- She stole more than $40,000 while head of a parents and citizens association
- The 39-year-old was sentenced to two years jail but will serve just six months
- A court heard the woman had stolen the money to fund her gambling addiction
A woman caught stealing more than $40,000 of parents’ money to fund her gambling addiction has been jailed.
Lisa Jillian McLeod, who also goes by the name of Lisa Jillian Rae, was sentenced to two years behind bars when she appeared before Southport Magistrates Court on the Gold Coast but will serve just six months.
The 39-year-old had taken the donated money while president of the Helensvale State School Parents and Citizens Association, The Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
A former president of the Helensvale State School (pictured) Parents and Citizens Association has been jailed after stealing more than $40,000 worth of parents’ money
Lisa Jillian McLeod, who also goes by the name of Lisa Jillian Rae, had intended to hand the stolen money back, a court heard (stock image)
McLeod, who had headed up the association over an 18-month period, was nabbed after another P&C member spotted the school’s uniform and tuckshop had made more purchases than normal.
She had authorised payments from an association account into one she was signatory of and uploaded fake invoices for a vice-president to sign, it was reported.
The court heard McLeod had intended to hand the stolen money back, which was used to fund a gambling addiction to make her feel closer to her deceased mother who used to play slots.
McLeod, who had pleaded guilty to 10 charges including fraud of more than $30,000, was ordered by the court to pay more than $40,000 in restitution to the school.
The court heard McLeod used the stolen money to fund a gambling addiction (stock image)