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The Wright clan.

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Shane Hatton, 53, was arrested at her home in Vincentia last year and charged with more than 700 counts of fraud. (Supplied: NSW Police)

Bookkeeper imprisoned for embezzling $1.5m from surfers Tyler, Owen and Mikey Wright

1 August 22


A New South Wales bookkeeper has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for embezzling $1.5 million from surfing siblings, Owen, Tyler, and Mikey Wright.  

Shane Maree Hatton was charged with 749 counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception in April 2021 after she was arrested in Vincentia, on the NSW south coast. 

The 54-year-old, who was a friend of the surfers' mother, Fiona Wright, later pleaded guilty to defrauding the family over a decade, while employed to look after their accounts.

In Wollongong District Court on Thursday, Ms Hatton was sentenced to an aggregate term of five years and six months jail, with a non-parole period of three years. 

Judge Andrew Haesler also ordered her to pay $647,000 in compensation to the pro-surfers, who grew up at Culburra on the NSW south coast, and their family.

Owen was awarded $326,500, Tyler $262,500, their younger brother Mickey $20,500 and their parents, Fiona and Robert Wright, $37,500.

The family has declined to comment but on Friday a close friend told the ABC, the Wright family were glad the matter had been resolved.

"The family are very relieved this chapter has been closed," they said. 

 - AUTHOR: AINSLIE DREWITT-SMITH

 - SOURCE: ABC ILLAWARRA

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