Defendant denies financial issues in fraud case

THE woman at the centre of an alleged $220,000 fraud case has denied the prosecutor's claims that she was in financial stress and struggling to pay off numerous credit cards.

Shannon Peta Parry said she had a verbal agreement with one of her bosses, Ron Bowes, to pay her "off-the-books" by setting up payments to fictitious accounts to make it look like legitimate business transactions.

This allegedly began in November 2010, two days after Parry sent an email where she mentioned her family's income had fallen.

"There is no consistency in the amount of money being taken out of the company bank accounts each month," Crown prosecutor Dean Jones said to Parry, who has pleaded not guilty to fraud and stealing.

"Why would your off-the-books wage be inconsistent?"

The Rockhampton District Court also heard the amounts were included in Parry's tax return.

There was $99,517 of off-the-books earnings in the 2010/11 financial year and $121,705 in the 2011/12 financial year, the court heard.

Bank statements were brought up which showed 151 transactions from Zebra Wrecking to Parry's bank accounts.

"If you were to go through them all, you'd see you were paying off numerous credit cards," Mr Jones said.

But Parry said she and her husband had many bank accounts, and denied they were in financial trouble.

Parry resigned from Zebra Wrecking and submitted her four weeks' notice on December 2, 2011, but admitted to continuing to pay bills to companies including Telstra with the company's money after this period.

"You were trying to increase your wage off-the-books fraudulently," Mr Jones asserted, a claim Parry denied.

Court was adjourned until 10am today.



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