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Missing Vic mum on theft charges found

AAP logoAAP 16/11/2016 Melissa Meehan

A Melbourne woman who was reported missing after allegations she stole almost $350,000 from her former employer has been found.

Mitcham woman Courtney Pinwill, 40, was reported missing to police last Wednesday, a day after she was listed to appear at the Victorian County Court.

A Victoria Police spokesman confirmed on Wednesday that Ms Pinwill had been found safe and well just before 6am on Friday.

No warrant was issued by police for her arrest, with her disappearance treated as a missing person's case.

Court documents reveal Ms Pinwill is accused of defrauding $347,226.23 from her former employer, Captains Choice.

The Director of Public Prosecutions says Ms Pinwill stole the money while she was employed on a part-time basis as a bookkeeper between October 2012 and September last year.

It's alleged Ms Pinwill stole the money using an array of different methods, including taking US currency from the company safe and unauthorised electronic fund transfers.

She is also alleged to have booked numerous flights, including business class flights to Hawaii, Singapore and Fiji, for herself, friends and family members using company credit cards.

Her actions were only uncovered when she resigned.

Ms Pinwill is expected to return to court on March 1.

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