Prosecutor questions fraud defendant on ‘bonuses’

THE fraud trial of Shannon Peta Perry continued yesterday with the woman again taking the stand.

Ms Perry is charged with stealing as a servant after she allegedly transferred $221,222.20 to her personal and private bank accounts when she was an employee at Zebra Wrecking Co Ltd.

She said the money was granted to her as "off-the-book bonuses" by Zebra Group managing director Ron Bowes.

Yesterday Ms Perry faced questions from crown prosecutor Dean Jones over her tax declarations between 2010 and 2012.

The former employee had declared the "bonuses" on her applications to the Australia Tax Department but admitted on the stand she made an error in not including transactions with third parties.

The court heard the sum of money not declared to the ATO to be over $23,000.

"The reason you did not declare it was because these were never legitimate bonuses to begin with," Mr Jones said.

"Are you getting caught up in your own lies?"

Closing statements were to heard from Mr Jones and defence barrister Jordan Ahlstrand yesterday afternoon.

Judge Michael Burnett is expected to make his closing statements on Monday.



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