Woman accused of company rip-off

A ROCKHAMPTON woman is accused of stealing more than $130,000 from the company she worked for to buy groceries and fuel, and do online shopping.

Vicki Jean Ogden appeared briefly in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday, facing more than 350 charges of defrauding and stealing from J-Mac Services.

The 30-year-old is alleged to have used the Rockhampton company’s Visa debit card to purchase personal items and pay for living expenses.

She is also accused of wiring money from the business’s account directly into her personal bank account.

It is alleged she withdrew money from the company card and also used cash to pay some of her own debts.

A police investigation into Ogden’s alleged dishonest work behaviour started late last year.

Before she was charged on November 26, police allege she drained a “considerable” amount of money from the company, which specialises in servicing mining and construction industries.

Her offending allegedly started in May 2007 and continued until June 2009.

Yesterday her defence lawyer, Alan Grant, asked for the matter to be adjourned.

Police prosecutor Barbara Barton didn’t object to the granting of an adjournment.

Magistrate John McGrath set Ogden’s next court appearance for February 5.

Ogden’s alleged offences include 219 counts of fraud and 135 counts of stealing as a clerk or servant.

Officer in charge of Rockhampton CIB branch Senior Sergeant Darrin Shadlow said the charges against Ogden were a result of a detailed police investigation.

Senior Sergeant Shadlow said fraud investigations were often protracted.

“A lot of the time alleged fraudsters do leave paper trails and people who abuse the trust of accessing the accounts of others are going to be caught,” he said.

If you know of any criminal activity taking place you can tell police by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. You can remain anonymous.

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