|Manager jailed for fake robbery
By Jeremy Pierce - Courier Mail (QLD Metropolitan, 3 February 2009)
THE manager of a Gold Coast tavern who staged an elaborate fake robbery to pocket more than $200,000 was yesterday sentenced to five year's jail.
Gambling addict Tony Gould was working as the manager of Fisherman's Wharf, a popular Gold Coast watering hole, in January 2007 when he claimed he had been bashed and locked in a safe overnight when two armed men robbed the place.
Police smelled a rat and Gould pleaded guilty in the Southport District Court to stealing $207,000 yesterday.
The court was told that Gould found out the venue was about to introduce a more sophisticated security system, so he met with an associate to plan the robbery, which was carried out the following night.
Gould's accomplice, Kevin William Gilbert, spent eight months in jail for his role.
Judge Warren Howell said the "the execution was so inefficient that any police officer with what they call a copper's nose would immediately say `fake'.''
Fisho's owner Peter Thompson, who knew Gould from playing football together, had hoped for a stiffer sentence.