Helen Mary Rosamond found guilty of scamming NAB of millions: Fraud, bribery

Events company boss GUILTY on dozens of fraud and bribery charges after paying an NAB staffer millions in kickbacks

  • Events company executive found guilty of defrauding National Australia Bank
  • Helen Mary Rosamond paid former senior bank staffer to approve false invoices
  • She showered Rosemary Rogers with holidays, a BMW car, a boat and other gifts
  • Court heard Rosamond spent $26million on the staffer between 2013 and 2017 
  • She was found guilty on 69 of her 92 fraud and bribery charges on Wednesday

An event management company executive has been found guilty on dozens of fraud and bribery charges after splashing millions of dollars in kickbacks to bribe a former senior National Australia Bank staffer.

Helen Mary Rosamond, 47, was accused of defrauding NAB by sending falsified and inflated invoices from Human Group to the bank and paid millions of dollars in gifts to Rosemary Rogers to ensure they were paid.

A NSW District Court jury on Wednesday found Rosamond guilty on 69 counts of 92 including corruptly giving Rogers hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of benefits between 2013 and 2017.

Helen Mary Rosamond, 47, (pictured in March, 2019) has been found guilty of dozens of fraud and bribery charges after she was accused of defrauding the NAB with falsified invoices

 Helen Mary Rosamond, 47, (pictured in March, 2019) has been found guilty of dozens of fraud and bribery charges after she was accused of defrauding the NAB with falsified invoices

A NSW District Court jury has found Rosamond (pictured) guilty on 69 counts of 92, including corruptly giving former NAB senior bank staffer Rosemary Rogers millions of dollars in gifts

 A NSW District Court jury has found Rosamond (pictured) guilty on 69 counts of 92, including corruptly giving former NAB senior bank staffer Rosemary Rogers millions of dollars in gifts

Rogers, the now-convicted former chief of staff to the National Bank of Australia’s chief executive, told the trial she received a house, a BMW car, a boat, holidays and other benefits after approving false bank invoices for Rosamond.

Invoices were made out to look like NAB expenditures, the prosecution alleges, including for a Toyota Kluger for Rosamond’s in-laws and a $30,000 fuel bill for a family member’s trucking company.

For her part, Rogers received benefits including a $620,000 trip with extended family to New York, Miami and other US cities in 2014 that included transfers by private jet and yacht, the jury heard in August. 

She repaid none of these amounts, telling the court she simply asked Rosamond to pay them and it was done. 

Rosamond allegedly offered money or other items ‘as gifts from herself, when in fact she had every intention for NAB to foot the bill’, crown prosecutor Katrina Mackenzie told a Sydney District Court jury earlier this year. 

She allegedly also used fraudulent invoices to pay for almost $40,000 worth of large garden umbrellas for her own home in the Sydney suburb of Mosman. 

Rosamond, an event management company executive, also used fraudulent invoices to purchase large garden umbrellas for her home that cost $40,000. She is pictured arriving at Sydney's Downing Centre District Court in August

Rosamond, an event management company executive, also used fraudulent invoices to purchase large garden umbrellas for her home that cost $40,000. She is pictured arriving at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court in August

Rosamond has been found guilty of gifting former NAB staffer Rogers hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of benefits between 2013 and 2017 (pictured, a NAB branch in Melbourne)

Rosamond has been found guilty of gifting former NAB staffer Rogers hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of benefits between 2013 and 2017 (pictured, a NAB branch in Melbourne)

These payments were not authorised by NAB and were made not only to financially benefit Rosamond but to ensure that Human Group’s contract with the bank would be extended, the court previously heard.

The costs are believed to have totalled more than $26million. 

On June 19, 2014, Rogers requested that Human Group’s contract with NAB, initially signed in 2008, would be extended for a further two years. 

This extension was green lit six days later.

Rosamond was acquitted of one charge. Justice Robert Sutherland has asked the jury to continue deliberating on the remaining 22 counts.

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