After voluntarily becoming bankrupt on 15 July 2013, Diane Mary Brewster withdrew $44,500 in cash from a business transaction account.
Her husband, Grant Donald Brewster, also bankrupt, informed investigators that he had gambled and lost the money removed by Mrs Brewster. Mr Brewster also removed an additional $18,000 from a line of credit which was never recovered by the Official Trustee.
On 21 January 2016, Mr and Mrs Brewster appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court. Both entered a plea of guilty.
Mrs Brewster was convicted and sentenced to six months imprisonment, released forthwith on a recognisance of $2500 and placed on a good behaviour bond for two years.
Mr Brewster was sentenced to two months imprisonment, released forthwith on a recognisance of $2500 and placed on a good behaviour bond for two years.
In passing sentence, the Magistrate took into account the guilty pleas entered by Mr and Mrs Brewster and their lack of prior criminal history.
The Magistrate noted the couple would have suffered embarrassment as a result of their actions and that a number of creditors would be angry as a consequence of their actions.
The Magistrate described the couple’s actions as foolish, wrong and criminal.
The matter was referred by the Official Trustee and prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.