Paul Pecora, 60, fronted Melbourne Magistrates’ Courtroom today, pleading guilty to expenses including theft and getting home by deception.

Pecora was jailed in 2019 for thieving from grieving family of a young father at a memorial provider in Avondale Heights in January 2018.

Paul Pecora has pleaded responsible to stealing from mourners at a funeral. (9)

The thief took $7000 that was intended for the victim’s son, who has autism.

However, that incident was not the first time he experienced preyed on folks attending a funeral, the courtroom listened to nowadays.

Back again in 2015, the Werribee person went to a funeral in Hampton Park for a guy he did not know soon after seeing the observe for the party in the newspaper, in which the spouse and children asked for donations to cancer investigate alternatively of bouquets.

Pecora was caught on CCTV mingling with mourners at the funeral ahead of he stole envelopes out of the donation box and fled the church.

It is thought he obtained away with about $535 well worth of donations.

The investigator instructed the courtroom the incident was “1 of the lowest acts” he had been privy to as a police officer.

Pecora has also admitted to a collection of thefts at Geelong accommodations this yr, in which he qualified punters who experienced reserved their poker machines.

Pecora stole credits from reserved pokies equipment. (A Present Affair)

Even though the punters were being absent from the devices, Pecora withdrew their credits and exchanged them for income.

Working with this technique, he stole $237 at the Grovedale Hotel on March 24, then stole far more than $800 two days later at Newtown.

The next week he managed to steal $910 at Waurn Ponds Resort.

Pecora has due to the fact compensated again the income he stole from the church in 2015.

His law firm told the court docket Pecora’s continued offending was thanks to his ongoing gambling dependancy.

The court docket has banned the father from all gaming venues in advance of his sentence getting handed down following week.