Lesbians in Love Triangle Steal $1.4 Million from Jewelry Stores
Two women in Australia have been sentenced to prison and a third one is awaiting trial after stealing over $1.4 million dollars from a chain of jewelry stores where one of the women worked as an accountant.
According to the The Australian, Luisa Touli convinced former girlfriend Anna Rajkowski into committing fraud by manipulating the numbers in the books for Kings Jewelers, a chain of stores where Rajkowski had worked since 1998.
Rajkowski would then transfer money from the jewelry stores into Touli's account and the account of Touli's current girlfriend, 23-year-old Faagata Uelese.
From 2007 to 2009, Rajkowski transferred a total of $39, 451 into her own account, $234, 633 into Uelese's, and $1. 2 million to Touli.
"The acts were done to feed the gambling and drinking habit of Ms Touli," Prosecutor Ken Spinaze said.
The heist resulted in the jewelry company having to close six of its stores and lay off 60 employees, according to The Australian.
Both Touli and Uelese pleaded guilty on Nov. 19. Uelese was ordered to serve a two-year suspended prison sentence and two-and-a-half years' probation.
Touli was sentenced to nine years in jail. Rajkowski is set to go on trial on Feb. 18, 2013.