A successful real estate agent swindled $87,000 in rent money from a company to feed her meth addiction.
Janet Nadj, 37, worked as a senior property manager for Cornerstone Realty in Brisbane when she pocketed rent and bond money she was meant to forward to the Residential Tenancies Authority.
Cornerstone’s chief executive became suspicious after the trust account didn’t balance out, and launched an external investigation in 2018.
The inquiry revealed Nadj stole $87,000 through 50 separate transaction over an 18-month period, the Courier Mail reported.
‘She manipulated the trust accounting system to hide her offending by creating false entries showing money she obtained had been banked,’ prosecutor Hamish McIntyre told the court.
Nadj pleaded guilty to one count of fraud in Brisbane District Court on Tuesday.
Nadj’s barrister Michael Bonasia said his client was in a bad relationship with a man who introduced her to methylamphetamine at the time of her offending.
Mr Bonasia also said her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
‘She was using some of the money that she was taking from the employer to at least feed her partner’s habit that then ultimately became her habit,’ Mr Bonasia said.
‘There were issues of gambling as well.’
The court heard Nadj, who now runs her own car detailing business, ended the relationship and no longer uses drugs.
Nadj has since apologised to her employer and offered up her 300 hours of annual leave as compensation.
She was sentenced to three years’ jail, and will be eligible for parole on February 10, 2021.