On 5 February 2018, Ms Melinda Suihee Toh-Knight pleaded guilty in the Southport Magistrates Court for concealing from her bankruptcy trustee, a gambling win of $679,875.58.
Ms Toh-Knight was convicted and released after entering into a self-recognisance to be of good behaviour for two years and ordered to pay reparation of $30,000.
The Magistrate took into account Ms Toh-Knight’s guilty plea and the circumstances prior to, during and after the offence.
The Magistrate noted that deterrence was important in sentencing bankruptcy offences and that Ms Toh-Knight’s gambling addiction did not ameliorate the need for general deterrence.
Ms Toh-Knight was made bankrupt on 26 March 2012 as a result of a debtor’s petition.
On 22 August 2014, she won a progressive jackpot of $679,875.58 and did not disclose the win to her trustees.
His Honour stated that while Ms Toh-Knight seemed to be under some kind of belief that she did not have to notify the trustee of the money, this did not take away from the fact that she had committed the offence.
The matter was prosecuted by the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions on behalf of the Australian Financial Security Authority.