The Bunbury woman convicted of a shop refunds scam that netted her more than $9000 has escaped jail though she will have to pay back all the cash she stole. Bryana Shera Turner, 29, was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay back the money she stole from the till while working at City Beach Bunbury for six months until April 2022. Turner was convicted of 32 charges of stealing as a servant and pleaded guilty to another six, totalling $9001.37 stolen while working as the store’s manager. She has since paid back a portion of the money she stole, and has been ordered to pay the remaining $5984. Turner stole money from the cash register by creating fraudulent customer purchase returns and then keeping the “refunded” money. She was caught out after another staff member had noticed the tills were short $10 that day, and then noticing a $10 note in Turner’s pockets. This led the staff member to contact management, who then got police involved after noticing the unusually high amount of cash refunds being handled by Turner. Magistrate Michelle Harries said that “the only appropriate penalty is one of imprisonment” when handing out her decision. “Your actions were systematic, deliberate and deceitful,” she said. However, the magistrate recognised that Turner had been making amends since her offending, and was a mother of two trying to support her family. The court heard a letter from Turner’s current employer vouching for her character, calling her “hardworking and kind.” Turner’s counsel also emphasised that Turner’s actions were brought on by a financially abusive relationship, of which she has now left. The magistrate handed down the 12-month suspended sentence on the condition that Turner attend regular counselling, as well as continuing good behaviour in keeping out of court.