A man who stole over €82,000 from his employer to help pay for his wife’s fertility treatment has been jailed for 18 months.
Latvian Janis Stasulis (35) who is now separated from his wife and has a baby with another woman, had been described as a “competent and diligent staff member” by his employers at International Leisure Group Ltd.
Stasulis, previously of Fernleigh Grove, Carpenterstown pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 20 counts of stealing amounts totalling €82,052 between February 22 and November 28, 2008. He has no previous convictions.
Sergeant Jonathan Hayes said that Stasulis had been on the fitness centre firm’s finance team and exploited a glitch in the online payroll system.
He opened files before the bank processed them and directed funds into accounts opened in his name.
Sgt Hayes told Sinead McMullan BL, prosecuting, that Stasulis handed in his notice to his employers in January 2009 after the firm had a budget review.
He had agreed to stay on an extra month until after the company audit, but left in January saying his wife was sick in Russia. He never returned to work.
The company later conducted a wage payment review for November 2008 and discovered Stasulis had given himself €12,457 for that month.
Sgt Hayes said Stasulis had €39,000 frozen in his bank account since the fraud was exposed and is consenting to its forfeiture.
The sergeant agreed with Aileen Donnelly SC, defending, that there could have been a lengthy trial in this matter had her client not entered an early guilty plea.
He further agreed that the fraud was simple.
Ms Donnelly submitted to Judge Mary Ellen Ring that her client’s relationship with his wife had lasted less than a year and that his motivation in committing the offence had been to fund her fertility treatment in Russia.
She said he now has a young baby with his new partner who also cares for his mother, who is ill in Latvia.
Counsel asked the judge to take into account Stasulis’s early guilty plea and the difficulties he faces in jail as a foreign national.
Judge Ring said she couldn’t overlook the fact that most of the money couldn’t be recovered.
She imposed a three year sentence with the final 18 months suspended and backdated this to when Stasulis entered custody in March 2013.