The Fidelity Printers and Refiners gold buying clerk, who was accused of stealing more than $6 000, was on Monday sentenced to 210 hours of community service.
Nothuba Dube (33) of Entumbane in Bulawayo denied the theft charge when she appeared before Bulawayo magistrate, Charity Maphosa.
But after a full trial, the magistrate convicted and sentenced her to 30 months in jail.
Fifteen months of the sentence were suspended for two years on condition of good behaviour.
Six months were suspended on condition she completes 210 hours of community service.
The remaining nine months were suspended on condition she paid back the amount of money she stole.
Dube is alleged to have diverted the money to her own use while conducting gold-buying duties at the offices. The State, represented by Kudakwashe Jaravaza, told the court that on September 12 2014 at 8am, Dube withdrew $107 341 which she was to use during the course of her work.
At close of business at around 5pm, she discovered that after buying gold valued at $53 974, she had $47 347 instead of $53 367 left.
Dube allegedly purchased gold using part of the money and converted $6 000 to her own use. After the alleged theft was discovered, a report was made to the police, leading to her arrest.