Rukesh Sadhai, 49, fell in love with a sex worker after his marriage ended and he “stupidly” gave her stolen money because he believed she owed dangerous criminals
An Australian was jailed for stealing pounds 433,000 ($ 800,000) from his employer after falling in love with a prostitute.
Rukesh Sadhai stole the money so that he could help the sex worker he was allegedly infatuated with pay off debts he believed owed dangerous criminals.
The Daily Mail reports that Sadhai pleaded guilty to four counts of fraudulent misrepresentation.
He stole the huge amount of money from CoINVEST, a construction payroll company where he worked as a compliance officer.
The 49-year-old made 36 transactions from March 2012 to May 2013, with all of the money going to the woman.
Sadhai, who had not benefited financially from his crimes, met the prostitute shortly after his marriage ended in 2011.
The sex worker said her family was threatened because of a large debt placed on her by a former roommate who she claims left the country.
The court heard Sadhai believe her story and give her all of the money before finding out that the woman had secretly gambled away the money.
As reported by The Age, Sadhai’s attorney Phillip Dunn, QC, said at the beginning of the trial, “The unusual features [of this case] creep in when we discover that the crime happened at some point, when his father was dying, that his marriage fell apart, and that he fell head over heels in love with a sex worker.
“In his understanding, she inherited debts. She was a Korean student [who] had to work as a prostitute to repay the inherited debt. “
Sadhai was jailed in the Victorian County Court for two years and four months.
As reported by the Daily Mail. Judge Richard Maidment told him: “’Your gullibility and stupidity do not lessen your moral guilt.
“Your conduct represented a very significant and deplorable breach of trust … and showed an exploitation of your intimate knowledge of financial controls.”
Judge Maidment told the court that Sadhai was highly unlikely to ever commit offenses again.
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He also spoke of how complex the way Sadhai stole the money was when his crimes went undetected for nearly three years.
The court heard how Sadhai had already repaid CoINVEST $ 100,000 of the $ 838,780 he had earned while his mother paid the company $ 500,000.
Sadhai must serve one year and four months of his sentence before he can be paroled.