Former Zebra wreckers employee on $220,000 fraud trial

A FRAUD trial of a woman charged for allegedly pilfering over $220,000 from her employer to pay her personal bills has began in Rockhampton District Court.

Shannon Parry pleaded not guilty to one count each of fraud as an employee of a value more than $30,000 and stealing as a servant after she allegedly transferred $221,222.20 to her personal and private bank accounts when she was an employee of the complainant.

Crown Prosecutor Dean Jones told the court Parry was an employee of Zebra Wrecking Co Pty Ltd under Bowes Investments Pty Ltd between November 2010 and December 2011 when she made 151 transactions to her personal bank accounts and paid her personal bills.

The court heard Parry was a business manager at the company and had control over the finances during the time and made a sudden resignation in December 2011, "at the height of her offending".

Mr Jones said Parry made transactions of up to $38,435 in one month alone.

He said the trial was "dramatically shortened" because the Crown and defence agreed all 151 transactions occurred but the Crown's case was based around the defendant's dishonesty.

"(The employee) never ever ever provided their permission for this money to leave their company bank accounts," he said.

He said Parry transferred the money to her personal bank accounts, accounts shared with her husband, to a family trustee account in which she is a beneficiary, to pay personal bills and to pay bills and invoices for her private business, Indulge Day Spa Yeppoon, from the company accounts.

The court heard Parry allegedly defrauded the money in addition to her weekly wages which increased from $90,000 to $110,000 plus superannuation during her time at the company.

"The defendant was in a difficult financial situation and without authority made the transfers and paid her own and her business bills," Mr Jones said.

"They were your Telstra bills and your Ergon bills."

Parry was also charged for stealing a hard drive from the company.

The fraud trial is expected to continue for up to one week with 14 witnesses to appear.

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