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Manager jailed for card misuse

By Natasha Rudra

February 16, 2011 7:28AM

A woman who used a Commonwealth credit card to pay for $8500 in personal travel, hotels and bills will spend the next year in weekend jail.

Tracey Anne Jolly, 40, was sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court yesterday.

She had pleaded guilty to six charges of improperly using the Commonwealth Government credit card between December 2006 and April 2008.

At the time, Jolly was a business manager in the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and earned a salary of about $100,000.

She used the credit card to pay for plane tickets, car hire, travel insurance and hotel suites in Brisbane and Sydney. She bought a camera and lenses costing more than $2800 and used the credit card 16 times to pay off her husband’s mobile phone bill.

Jolly also made false claims for reimbursement through her work, including $900 for ”software” which she actually spent on a satellite navigation system for her car. She claimed another $715 in registration fees for a public service conference in Brisbane which she never attended.

Acting Justice John Nield said Jolly had committed a ”gross breach of trust”.

It was difficult to understand why the Ngunnawal woman had committed the offences. Jolly and her husband, an IT consultant, both earned about $100,000 a year and had a comfortable lifestyle.

Acting Justice Nield also found Jolly had failed to tell the truth about her employment during the court case.

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