updated 2/24/2012 2:20:25 PM ET 2012-02-24T19:20:25

An Australian woman working for what turned out to be a gang of Nigerian cybercriminals turned the tables on her employers, defrauding them of more than $30,000.

In March 2010, Sarah Jane Cochrane-Ramsey worked as an agent for what she believed was an Internet car sales company. Cochrane-Ramsey, 23, was responsible for providing her bosses with an Australian bank account through which they could funnel their profits, The Courier-Mail reported.

The Brisbane-based field agent was told she could keep 8 percent of all the money from the fraudulent car sales, but that she had to forward the rest to her Nigeria-based employers.

The Nigerian cybercrime gang  didn't count on its agent being as dishonest as she was. Instead of taking her share of the cash, Cochrane-Ramsey kept the sum of the two payments she received, and spent the bulk of the $33,350 on herself.

In a Brisbane court last week, Cochrane-Ramsey pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated fraud.  She was released on bail and will be sentenced in March.

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