An Australian man has been jailed for stealing £433k ($800k) from his employers after he fell in love with a prostitute.
Rukesh Sadhai stole the money so he could help out the sex worker, who he was reportedly infatuated with, pay of debts he believed were owed to dangerous criminals.
The Daily Mail reports Sadhai pleaded guilty to four counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception.
He stole the vast 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 the money going to the woman.
Sadhai, who gained no financial advantage from his crimes, met the prostitute shortly after his marriage had ended in 2011.
The female sex worker said her family were being threatened over a large debt she was handed by a former housemate, who she claims left the country.
The court heard how Sadhai believed her story and gave her all the money before found out the woman had been secretly gambling away the money.
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As reported by The Age, earlier in the trial, Sadhai’s lawyer, Phillip Dunn, QC, said: “The unusual features [of this case] start to creep in when we realise that the offending occurred during a precise period of time when his father was dying, that his marriage was failing, and unfortunately for him, he’d fallen head over heels in love with a sex worker.
“It was his understanding that she had inherited debt. She was a Korean student [who] had to work as a prostitute in order to repay the inherited debt.”
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Sadhai was jailed for two years and four months at Victorian County Court.
As reported by the Daily Mail. Judge Richard Maidment told him: “'Your gullibility and stupidity do not reduce your moral culpability.
“Your conduct represented a very substantial and deplorable breach of trust…and exhibited an exploitation of your intimate knowledge of the financial controls.”
Judge Maidment told the court that Sadhai was highly unlikely to ever reoffend.
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He also spoke of how complex the way in which Sadhai stole the money as his crimes went undetected for almost three years.
The court heard how Sadhai had already repaid CoINVEST $100,000 of the $838,780 he took, while his mother paid the company $500,000.
Sadhai will have to serve one year and four months of his prison sentence before he can go up for parole.
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