The pharmacist, his wife and the cash in their wardrobe

The estranged wife of a pharmacy owner has been ordered to repay more than $200,000 she stole from the business.

In a case described by a South Australia judge as having “many unusual facts”, the court found that the wife siphoned the cash from takings her husband regularly brought home from one of the two pharmacies he co-owned with his sister.

He managed the one pharmacy and the sister managed the other. His habit was to count the cash every day and stash it in a drawer. 

Every three to four weeks he would bank they money, typically $50,000 to $60,000.

But an accountant raised concerns with the sister about a discrepancy of $601,373.81 between the cash recorded and the cash banked.

That was in 2009 or 2010 and the sister told her brother to stop bringing cash home for counting.

The brother, Dat Dinh Dang, testified that in late 2010 he found a suitcase with