4 April 21
World number one women’s surfer, 27-year-old Tyler Wright and her family have allegedly been defrauded of over a million dollars by a local bookkeeper on the NSW South Coast.
Shane Maree Hatton, 53, was arrested at a home in Vincentia on Wednesday after a lengthy police investigation, and charged with defrauding clients of $1.5 million over the last decade.
NSW Police said the State Crime Command’s Financial Crime Squad established Strike Force Strathwallen to investigate reports a family business had been defrauded by a woman employed to manage the company’s finances.
After Ms Hatton’s arrest a search warrant was issued, and police officers seized electronic devices and documents.
Police said she had been charged with 749 counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and is due before Nowra Local Court on April 26.
Wright, a two-time world champion, was born at Culburra on the NSW South Coast and is currently competing at the World Surf League Newcastle Cup.
The World Surf League round, normally held at Bells Beach in Victoria, was shifted to Merewether Beach due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Wright came back from a crippling virus in 2018, forcing her out of competition for more than a year.
In 2016 Wright had considered putting her career on hold after her brother Owen was seriously injured during a warm up surf at Pipeline in Hawaii.
- AUTHOR: DANUTA KOZAKI
- SOURCE: ABC