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Disgraced bank manager who collected $ 5.4 million in bribes in four years is convicted

Disgraced bank manager who raised $ 5.4 million in bribes in four years and messed up on her ‘dream home’, a BMW, a boat and lavish vacations is jailed

  • Rosemary Rogers has been detained for at least four years and nine months
  • She pleaded guilty to 27 charges because she was a corrupt cop on benefits
  • Between 2013 and 2017, she received total benefits worth $ 5.4 million
  • Rogers was sentenced to up to eight years in prison
  • The former NAB manager will first be eligible for parole on October 26, 2025

A former National Australia Bank executive who received $ 5.4 million in bribes as part of a plan to defraud the bank has been imprisoned for at least four years and nine months.

Rosemary Rogers became so used to “ enjoying the benefits of her fraud ” that she was unable to stop for four years, NSW District Court Judge Paul Conlon said Wednesday.

The 45-year-old chief of staff of two NAB top executives was found guilty of accepting bribes from event management company Human Group in exchange for upholding the bank’s lucrative contract with that company.

Human Group received more than $ 44 million in revenue from NAB from 2013 to 2018, and contracts with the bank accounted for 97 percent of the event management company’s revenues at one point.

Former NAB manager, Rosemary Rogers (pictured), jailed for at least four years and nine months after being found guilty of numerous crimes

Former NAB manager, Rosemary Rogers (pictured), jailed for at least four years and nine months after being found guilty of numerous crimes

Rogers was given a significant discount from her sentence for having been found guilty of numerous offenses – including 27 times being an agent corruptly receiving benefits and having obtained a financial advance unfairly through fraud – and for cooperating fully with the authorities.

The plan to defraud the bank involved Rogers authorizing payment on false or very high bills from Human Group director Helen Rosamond, and Rogers subsequently receiving a bribe in return.

Ms. Rosamond denies her charges and will be tried in July for her alleged role in the crime.

Rogers used the money for an extravagant lifestyle: she bought her ‘dream home’ in the Melbourne suburb of Williamstown, plus a new BMW, a boat, a caravan, home renovations and cash to splash through prepaid credit cards.

Ms. Rogers (pictured out of court) has pleaded guilty 27 times as a corrupt agent on benefits and for dishonestly obtaining a financial advance through deception

Ms. Rogers (pictured out of court) has pleaded guilty 27 times as a corrupt welfare officer and for dishonestly obtaining a financial advance through deception

Ms. Rogers (pictured out of court) has pleaded guilty 27 times as a corrupt welfare officer and for dishonestly obtaining a financial advance through deception

Extended family overseas vacations included lavish trips to a private Fijian island, Europe and the United States, using private helicopters and luxury yacht cruises.

The Crown argued that despite her high salary, Ms. Rogers was motivated by greed, personal gain and self-gratification.

Mrs. Rogers (pictured) enjoyed $ 5.4 million in benefits unwittingly paid by the major bank

Mrs. Rogers (pictured) enjoyed $ 5.4 million in benefits unwittingly paid by the major bank

Helen Rosamond (pictured) has denied her charges and will be tried in July for her alleged role in the crime

Helen Rosamond (pictured) has denied her charges and will face trial in July for her alleged role in the crime

Between 2013 and 2017, Rogers (photo left) approved false or heavily inflated bills prepared by Human Group director Helen Rosamond (photo right), who would then pay Rogers “ bribe ” for showing her events and special favor the personnel company

Text messages between the two women called each other “ bestie ” and “ sister from another mother, ” which at one point were so close that Rosamond changed her will by including Rogers, facts from the case.

Judge Conlon said Ms. Rogers has abused her position of trust and tarnished the reputation of the bank that employed her for 25 years, but also said the bank should have been more vigilant in controlling spending.

“I find it absolutely baffling that this fraud was not detected by some suitable system of internal control,” said the judge.

The ‘utterly reckless’ spending came to light only after an anonymous whistleblower sent a letter to the NAB board saying ‘Rose’ had received gifts and a check for $ 1 million.

After the tip, panicky communication between the couple, including a phone call recording Rogers telling Rosamond ‘what the hell are we going to do?’ Rogers surrendered himself to the authorities. She has since expressed regret and deep guilt for her behavior, the court ruled.

Her defense argued that hard hours and responsibilities meant that she felt guilty for neglecting her family and trying to make up for it through the expensive holidays and gifts.

In a statement following the verdict, NAB chief legal advisor Sharon Cook thanked the whistleblower for joining us and said the bank had zero tolerance for criminal activity.

“Since we became aware of the problem, we have made changes to strengthen controls in our organization, including switching delegations and introducing additional cost controls,” she said.

Rogers, who has been sentenced to a maximum prison term of eight years, has paid back more than $ 4 million to date.

Ms. Rogers (pictured) has paid back $ 4 million so far and has been sentenced to a maximum of eight years in prison

Ms. Rogers (pictured) has paid back $ 4 million so far and has been sentenced to a maximum of eight years in prison

Ms. Rogers (pictured) has paid back $ 4 million so far and has been sentenced to a maximum of eight years in prison

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