Australian surf star Tyler Wright has reportedly been defrauded $ 1.5 million in a decade by her bookkeeper and family friend, 53, who is now facing 749 fraud.
- Australian surfer Tyler Wright has reportedly been defrauded in a million dollar fraud
- Her accountant Shane Maree Hatton, 53, was charged after a lengthy investigation
- She worked as a bookkeeper for the Wright family going back decades
- Hatton has been charged with a whopping 749 fraud-related crimes
Two-time world champion surfer Tyler Wright has reportedly been conned by a family friend in a $ 1.5 million fraud scheme.
The Australian surfer, 27, has been on the World Surf League tour since she was just 14 and hired an accountant to look after her finances.
Shane Maree Hatton, 53, has now been charged with defrauding Shoalhaven’s two pro surfer brothers, NSW, Waverider and Wright, Owen and Mikey, over the past decade.
Detectives arrested Hatton in a Wednesday morning raid of her home in Vincentia on the south coast of NSW.
Two-time world champion surfer Tyler Wright is the alleged victim of a million dollar fraud scheme executed by a family friend
The beloved Australian surfer, 27, has been on the World Surf League tour since she was just 14 and had enlisted the services of an accountant to look after her finances.
Officers search her home and confiscate documents and electronic devices for forensics.
Hatton was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with 749 counts for unfairly obtaining a financial advantage through deception.
Police were not made aware of the alleged fraud plan until last October when Wright’s famous agent Nick Fordham discovered inconsistencies in her finances.
“ There is a trend for family friends and relatives, who are less than qualified, to manage large sums of money and they cannot resist the temptation to take some of the money for themselves, ” said Detective Chief Detective Darren Bennett, director of State Crime Command. the Daily telegram
He said it was all too common for people close to them to take advantage of high earners.
“The first thing they should do is hire reputable companies and not family friends to arrange their careers,” said Chief Inspector Bennett.
‘They need contracts and legal advice. Then they have to be interested in their money and in the flow of money in their bank accounts every day. ‘
Shane Maree Hatton, 53, was arrested in a Wednesday morning raid of her home in Vincentia on the south coast of New South Wales
The woman was taken to Nowra police station and charged with no fewer than 749 cases of fraud
Hatton worked for Wright’s mom and dad’s plumbing business for years before taking over the surfer’s finances.
Investigators believe the money allegedly stolen by Hatton will never be recovered with more than $ 1.2 million gambled on poker machines, police allege.
Wright is currently in Newcastle preparing for the second stop of the World Surf League tour.
She has won 14 world events in her amazing career and took two world titles in 2016 and 2017.
Hatton was bailed and will appear in court on April 26.