Woman appeals jail sentence for $400,000  bowling club fraud

THE woman who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Port City Bowling Club lodged an appeal against her 18-month jail sentence today.

Trusted employee of 20 years, Donna Marie Williams, defrauded the club of $413,435.52 since August 2003.

The 49-year-old lodged the appeal and was released on bail to contest the sentence on January 29. The River Park Road, Port Macquarie, resident carried out the betrayal by creating false invoices of around $3000 each.

Williams would enter each false invoice into the club's accounting system.

On August 3 at 11am, Williams was arrested at home.

With a lawyer by her side, she participated in a recorded interview at the Port Macquarie Police Station where she fully admitted to the deception.

Williams told police she was the only person involved in the operation, and her daughter whose account she used was unaware and never benefited from the stolen money.

At the Port Macquarie Local Court today, Williams pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining money by deception and one count of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception.

Magistrate Thomas Hodgson handed down the sentence.

Read more in Friday's Port News.

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