Guide Dogs Victoria Boss Who Stole $200K From Charity For Home Renovations Escapes Jail
A former top boss from Guide Dogs Victoria has escaped time behind bars after robbing the charity of more than $200,000.
Sandro Cirianni, 49, was the charity's general manager when he started stealing money he used to fund home renovations, including a new pool.
While earning $160,000 a year, he was also using his corporate credit card to buy meals, hardware items and groceries.
Cirianni faced possible time in jail after pleading guilty to three charges of obtaining financial advantage by deception.
On Thursday he was handed a three-year corrections order with 300 hours of community service and fined $1050.
Guide Dogs Victoria first noticed a "complex series" of irregular financial transactions in 2016.
"Fortunately the organisation has strong processes and systems in place to detect breaches in security proactively," a statement issued on behalf of Guide Dogs Victoria chief executive Karen Hayes said.
"In line with best governance practice, Guide Dogs Victoria sought independent expert advice in regard to this matter."
A forensic audit began after three air conditioning units found missing during a stocktake were traced to Cirianni's home.
It found he had falsified dozens of invoices, of up to $178,000, for renovations at his home and sent them to the charity's accounts department for payment.
Up to 117 separate purchases were found to have breached company policy, reaching a total of just over $210,000.
Cirianni had been at the charity for less than two years when he began stealing.
He quit three months before it was detected and has since repaid the full amount he stole.
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