Tither (71) was sentenced in the Manukau District Court on Friday having earlier been convicted on three charges of theft over a 12-year period.
In sentencing, Judge Josephine Bouchier settled on a jail term of three years, with Tither expected to serve at least one year.
After pleading guilty in August, Tither had not offered any reparation for her offending – until Friday when she turned up with $220,000.
Horton Media took the matter to police and asked them to press charges in May after winning an employment dispute with Tither.
The Employment Relations Authority found Tither had breached her employment agreement in making unauthorised payments to herself from Horton Media’s bank account.
The ERA ordered Tither to repay the full amount to Horton Media.
Tither, a staff member of 14 years, had unfettered access to Horton Media’s bank accounts and had overall responsibility for making payments from Waiuku Publishing, in which Horton Media has a 51% stake.
A statement of facts agreed with the police stated that between January 2000 and March 2012 Tither made 298 payments to the value of $436,242 by creating false expenses and transferring funds from Waiuku Publishing to her own bank account.
She also made 150 unauthorised lieu day payments to herself to the value of $210,264; coding them in the company’s payroll system to departments other than her own administration department so they were concealed from the board.
As a result of the overpayments, Tither also received $50,815 worth of extra statutory entitlements and $2,965 in employer Kiwisaver contributions.
The Grasping Granny will be enjoying a nice long stretch in less comfort than she is has enjoyed in recent years.
Good job, ratbags come in all shapes, sizes and ages, this one just her beans.