The jury also found that he obtained an estimated $2.2 million by billing NAB for expenses fraudulently designated as related to “Project Eagle,” the code name for a classified scheme to recruit the former New Wales prime minister. of the South, Mike Baird, for the bench in 2017.
Rogers provided evidence that he approved inflated invoices from Human Group as part of a fraudulent deal with Rosamond. The bribes were designed to ensure that Human Group’s lucrative contracts with NAB would continue and that Rogers would approve Rosamond’s invoices, the Crown alleged.
The jury found that Rogers received a number of significant gifts from Rosamond, including $1.5 million for a house and another $380,000 for a deposit, a $159,490 European vacation for six people, a $620,000 American vacation for eight, including a private jet, a vacation to the Saffire Freycinet resort in Tasmania, a $115,000 boat, a $172,000 BMW, and $6,398.86 for her nanny to fly to Chile.
But it found Rosamond not guilty on one charge of giving Rogers a corrupt benefit in the form of a $26,515.44 vacation to Western Australia.
Rogers told the court that it was “obvious” to her that NAB would ultimately pick up the tab for its own gifts. She had indirect conversations with Rosamond about particular purchases, she said, and “Helen would have given her … a reference to a [NAB] project or something, and that’s when I would have known I’d be going through the bills.”
But Rosamond’s lawyer, Dr. Anton Hughes, had told the jury that there was no agreement between the couple and that Rogers was an “accomplished liar”.
The jury heard that Rogers is serving a prison sentence after pleading guilty to a series of crimes including 27 counts of corruptly receiving a benefit from Rosamond.
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