A Shepparton woman who stole nearly $150,000 from a not-for-profit organisation could be set for a stint in prison.
Melanie Kilgour, 44, had pleaded guilty to obtaining financial advantage by deception and using a false document, admitting she’d transferred $148,908 from a bank account belonging to the Alexandra Community Hub — a community support service centre — into her personal account.
The court heard Kilgour used her responsibilities as co-ordinator and financial officer to make 34 unauthorised transactions between July 8 and August 15, 2019, before her ploy was discovered by NAB Alexandra staff, who spotted she had forged the signature of another of the hub’s directors on a cheque.
When questioned by the hub’s board of management, Kilgour admitted she had stolen the money and said it was to pay for renovations to her house, adding she had loaned $50,000 to a friend who had not paid her back.
Much of defence barrister Naomi Smith’s plea…