Bookkeeper who defrauded Silversea of A$3.7m jailed 

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Mary Ann Abellanoza, who was hired in 2010 as branch accounting supervisor in Silversea’s Sydney office, has been jailed for eight years for defrauding the company of A$3.7m.

The District Court has found Abellanoza guilty of making 236 fraudulent payments into seven accounts across three different banks over a period of five years.

Guilty plea

She pleaded guilty to four charges of dishonestly obtaining a financial benefit by deception and three charges of dealing with the proceeds of crime, the latter relating to money put through poker machines in Sydney clubs.

With a discount for her early guilty plea, her eight-year prison sentence has a five-year non-parole period.

A just conclusion

In a statement issued Wednesday, Silversea said it has fully cooperated with the authorities during Ms Abellanoza’s prosecution and is grateful for their efforts in bringing the criminal proceedings to a just conclusion.

‘This matter has at all times been treated by our company with the upmost seriousness,’ the statement said. ‘Customers can be assured that our business offerings have not been affected and our systems are secure.’

Posted 6 November 2019

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Australasia correspondent Helen Hutcheon did her cadetship on a shipping magazine and worked in P&O’s Sydney office for seven years as a public relations journalist. For 19 years she was deputy editor of Travel Week, which was Australia’s leading trade newspaper that covered major local and international industry events. In 2008 the late legendary Rama Rebbapragada presented her with an award from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd ‘in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the cruising industry.’ In 2010 she won the Neil Frazer Award for ‘outstanding contribution to the cruise industry,’ elevating her to CLIA Australasia’s hall of fame. She has been the Australasia correspondent for Seatrade Cruise Review since 1997 and for Seatrade Insider (now Seatrade Cruise News) since its launch in 2000.

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