Bookkeeper charged after defrauding clients more than $1.5 million

A bookkeeper has been charged after allegedly defrauding her clients of more than $1.5 million over the last decade.

In October last year, the State Crime Command’s Financial Crime Squad established Strike Force Strathwallen to investigate reports a family business had been defrauded by a woman employed to manage the company’s finances.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives arrested a 53-year-old woman at a home in Vincentia about 7.20am on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Shortly after, a search warrant was executed by officers who seized electronic devices and documents for forensic examination.

The woman was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with 749 counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception.

Police will allege in court that the woman misappropriated funds from a number of accounts connected to the family business totalling more than $1.5 million over a 10-year period.

She was granted conditional bail to appear at Nowra Local Court on Monday 26 April 2021.

Anyone with information that could assist strike force detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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