Queanbeyan SES member charged with stealing from the service

A Queanbeyan man has pleaded guilty to two counts of defrauding the SES while he was a member of the local unit.

Michael Andrew Plumb, 27, appeared in Queanbeyan Local Court on Monday charged with two counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception.

Court documents show Plumb used SES credit cards to purchase fuel for his own vehicle from the Woolworths petrol station on the corner of Crawford and Morisset Streets.

The incidents occurred in June and July and the fuel amounted to $172.95. Police identified Plumb through CCTV footage.

Plumb had been a member of the SES since 2010 and joined the Queanbeyan unit in January 2015.

He was convicted in Young Local Court in September of stealing $32,567 from a hotel in Young where he was employed. He received a 15 month prison sentence to be served through an intensive corrections order.

Plumb’s lawyer sought an adjournment so a psychologist’s report and a pre-sentence report could be prepared.

According to police Plumb said he had been diagnosed with a mental illness and he said this was the likely cause of his actions. He is due back in court in November.