Former accountant charged after defrauding client of $200,000 at Lake Macquarie

A woman will face court next month after allegedly defrauding a Lake Macquarie business of more than $200,000 over a five-year period.

In June 2019, officers attached to Lake Macquarie Police District commenced an investigation into anomalies concerning the administration of a Lake Macquarie business’ account allegedly controlled by an accountant.

Following extensive inquiries, yesterday (Sunday 9 February 2020), police attended a home at Cameron Park, and arrested a 50-year-old woman.

She was taken to Toronto Police Station where she was charged with three counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception and one count of destroy/conceal accounting record to obtain financial advantage.

Police will allege the woman – who was an accountant at a firm at the time – transferred $201,000 into several personal accounts between 2011 and 2016.

She was granted conditional bail to face Toronto Local Court on Tuesday 10 March 2020.

Investigations are ongoing.

Anyone with information about a similar incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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