A Christchurch woman who admitted stealing nearly half a million dollars from a trust will spend nearly four years behind bars, and pay reparation of $50,000.
Joanne McGregor, 41, sat quietly in the dock during her sentencing at the Christchurch District Court.
McGregor was charged with 10 counts of theft by a person in a special relationship, after ripping off Perpetual Trust Ltd for a total of $472,000.
The Crown pushed for jail time of no less than five years, saying McGregor had made no effort to apologise to her victims.
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Her lawyer told the court she'd been suffering mentally when she committed the crimes, an argument Judge Alistair Garland refused to accept.
McGregor was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison