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Facing prison for $950k theft from Tony File Roofing

A woman has admitted stealing just under $970,000 from her part-time employer Tony File Roofing.

Katrina (also known as Katarina) Cherie Hollis, 38, made a brief appearance in Gisborne District Court yesterday.

An interim order for name suppression expired and counsel Mark Sceats said there would be no application to renew it.

Hollis entered guilty pleas to 41 charges of obtaining by deception — representative of offending that spanned May, 2016 to August of this year.

She is expected to plead guilty to one further, similar charge at her sentencing on February 5 of next year.

Judge Warren Cathcart granted bail but said it was only to enable the victim’s interest to be addressed.

Hollis was to arrange proposals towards reparation — an order for which is likely to be substantial.

A pre-sentence report was ordered but not one that canvasses the suitability of electronically-monitored sentences.

Mr Sceats said Hollis accepted she faced imprisonment.

Judge Cathcart said the likelihood of a prison term was high given the sheer scale of the offending.

The case was referred to the restorative justice process.

The judge reminded Hollis it could only proceed if the victim was willing.

The court also ordered a dispositional report for Hollis, who Mr Sceats said had sought the help of community mental health services since the offending.

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