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Alleged accomplice of accused NAB fraudster an ‘accomplished liar’, jury told

The lawyer representing a Sydney businesswoman accused of defrauding the National Australia Bank of millions has told a court that her alleged accomplice is an “accomplished liar” whose evidence must be rejected.

Helen Rosamond, owner of North Sydney-based event management company Human Group, is on trial in NSW District Court on charges related to her alleged role in defrauding NAB of $15 million between 2013 and 2017.

Rosemary Rogers and Helen Rosamond.Credit:Sam Mooy, Dean Sewell

She pleaded not guilty to 60 counts of giving a corrupt advantage to senior NAB staffer Rosemary Rogers and 32 counts of unfairly obtaining, or trying to unfairly obtain, a financial advantage through fraud.

The trial for Judge Robert Sutherland is in its final stages and Crown Prosecutor Katrina Mackenzie has delivered her closing speech to the jury.

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Mackenzie alleged Rosamond had an arrangement with Rogers, chief of staff to former NAB chiefs Cameron Clyne and Andrew Thorburn, under which Rogers approved inflated Human Group bills in exchange for kickbacks, including a house down payment, a $627,000 vacation in the U.S. for eight people, a boat and a BMW.

Human Group had organized events for the bank and Rogers was authorized to approve payments of up to $20 million, the court has heard. Rogers indicated that it was “clear” to her that NAB eventually picked up the bill for her gifts.

The Crown claims Human Group’s bills also include personal expenses for Rosamond, including $228,747 for an interior designer to furnish her Potts Point patio, tens of thousands of dollars in rent, $14,000 for a private caterer for her swanky 40th birthday, and $372,611 around her former home in Mosman.

On Wednesday, Rosamond’s attorney Dr. Anton Hughes that the jury should not accept the evidence of Rogers, a “demonstrated and consummate liar”.

“She has successfully defrauded her employer for a minimum of five years. She managed to mislead everyone she worked with. She lied to her family,” he said.


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