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A prominent South Australian union boss has resigned from a government corporation board amid fresh CCTV footage released showing her putting an orange jumper in her bag.

Leah York has stood down from the board of Funds SA – the “investment management partner for South Australian public sector superannuation funds” – after Mount Gambier clothing retailer Lima & Co posted a video on its Facebook page of Ms York putting an orange sweater in her bag.

The vision shows the Australian Education Union SA boss at the clothing store, believed to be some time around Tuesday March 7, when Ms York was known to be in the state’s southeast.

CCTV vision of Leah York at Lima & Co at Mount Gambier. Picture: FacebookCCTV vision of Leah York at Lima & Co at Mount Gambier. Picture: Facebook

Ms York, who hasn’t been charged, is shown on CCTV to be examining the sweater, looking at a few other items, before returning to the bright orange top and stuffing it into a bag.

The Lima & Co post is the second since Ms York denied stealing a $280 handbag, an incident she attempted to explain away by confusion over paying for the item, and having to leave suddenly due to an urgent need to visit the bathroom.

Ms York since phoned the store and paid for the handbag, according to a post on her Facebook page, which has since been deleted.

Funds SA released a brief media statement on Wednesday.

“Funds SA Chairman Paul Laband advises that Ms Leah York has today provided notification that she has resigned from the Funds SA Board,” it reads.

“Ms York had been appointed by the Governor on the nomination of the South Australian Government Superannuation Federation, under Clause 9(2)(b) of the Funds SA Act, and joined the Funds SA Board in May 2018.”

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