A Tasmanian man who stole more than $28,000 from his golf club was convinced he would be able to pay it back when the woman he was in an online relationship with received her inheritance, a court has heard.
- Anthony James Hill pleaded guilty to 37 fraud-related charges after stealing more than $28,000 from the New Norfolk Golf Club
- The Supreme Court in Hobart heard Hill used his position as the club’s treasurer to obtain the money
- Hill’s lawyer said he was bankrupt and “deeply entrenched” in a 10-year online relationship with a woman at the time
That “windfall” of money never came through and Anthony James Hill, 69, was left “financially devastated” and facing criminal charges after falling victim to a decade-long romance scam.
The Supreme Court in Hobart heard that before the scam Hill was “set up well financially”, with several assets including a property at Magra, cars and a houseboat.
In 2011, he entered “the world of…