Former NAB boss staffer arrested over fraud

Former NAB boss staffer arrested over fraud

The former chief of staff to ex-NAB boss Andrew Thorburn has been arrested over a $40 million fraud against the bank.

Rosemary Rogers, 43, was arrested by detectives on Tuesday at Sydney Police Centre in Surry Hills.

“The woman, who is a former executive employee of the financial institution, will be charged later today,” NSW Police said in a statement.

Human Group director Helen Rosamond, 43, was last week charged with 56 bribery offences, one count of obtaining benefit by deception and one count of attempting fraud.

Rosamond allegedly forked out more than $6.6 million to cover personal expenses for others to maintain a relationship with NAB.

She is the second woman to be arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into a multimillion-dollar fraud against a financial institution.

In February 2018, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Financial Crimes Squad established Strike Force Napthali to investigate allegations of corrupt commissions being paid for contracts with a financial institution, valued at more than $40 million over a five-year period.

Last Friday, March 1, a 43-year-old woman was arrested and charged.

Following further inquiries detectives arrested Ms Rogers at the Sydney Police Centre in Surry Hills about 11am today.

Ms Rogers was the former chief of staff to Andrew Thorburn, who resigned from his role as NAB chief executive officer this year following the release of a report from the banking royal commission.

The report singled out NAB for the harshest criticism and said its response stood apart from the other three major banks. It was also particularly critical of Mr Thorburn and NAB chair Ken Henry.

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