Woman stole 67 high-end phones worth €40,000 to pay off previous thefts from employers

Woman stole 67 high-end phones worth €40,000 to pay off previous thefts from employers

A CORK woman who stole tens of thousands of euro from two previous employers was in court today for stealing over €40,000 from a third employer – partly in an effort to repay the first two.

Detective Garda Cormac Ryan said Emma Fehily’s latest crimes consisted of stealing 67 high-end smartphones – one worth as much as €1,100 – by ordering them without her employer’s knowledge and then selling them through Donedeal and other websites.

The company was at a loss of over €40,000 as a result of her crimes, Det Garda Ryan said.

She came before Cork Circuit Criminal Court for sentencing on 69 signed guilty pleas - two counts of deception and 67 counts of theft relating to a period between January 17, 2017, and November 15, 2018, at Rockwell Automation, IDA industrial estate, Midleton, Cork.

Defence barrister Sinead Behan said Fehily committed the thefts partly in an effort to raise compensation for employers in two older theft cases and partly to pay gambling debts.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin was told that in the three-year sentence with half of it suspended - plus a consecutive one-year on the second case - which he imposed on Fehily for the older cases she was released from prison on temporary release after serving five months. 

The judge said in relation to that early release, “You would wonder why bother.” 

Today, he remanded her in custody until February 5, 2020, for a probation report.

As for what will happen on that date, the judge said, “I cannot see a completely suspended sentence. The fact that she got out after five months does not impress me.” 

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin imposed consecutive sentences the last time, commenting, that she had stolen from not one but two employers and that in respect of the second job, “she wasn’t there a wet week when she started fiddling.” 

Emma Fehily of Rockboro Heights, Waterpark, Carrigaline, was sentenced for stealing over €25,000 at Johnson and Perrott garage where she worked back in 2014 and 2015.

She also worked at Westbourne IT Solutions where she had a position of trust between October 2015 and November 2016. She used that position to purchase phones and IT components on behalf of the company but brought them home and sold them through the Donedeal website. 

He said the company was at a loss of just over €34,600.

This was the nature of the thefts in the latest case at Rockwell Automation where the stolen phones cost over €40,000.

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