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Perth worker allegedly stole over half a million dollars from medical clinic

A Perth woman has been charged with stealing more than $565,000 from her employer. Here’s what the police claim they spent it on.

A 61-year-old woman from north Perth has been charged by police after allegedly stealing more than $565,000 from her employer.

The woman was a staff member at a medical clinic in the southern suburbs. His crimes allegedly spanned a decade using his employer’s credit card and bank account to conduct unauthorized transactions.

From 2011 to 2020, she allegedly made more than $415,000 in unauthorized bank transfers from her employer’s account for herself or family members.

Police allege she invested the money in a personal car loan, a loan from a family member and dozens of wire transfers to personal or family bank accounts.

Also from 2014 to 2021, the woman allegedly made more than $150,000 in unauthorized purchases on her employer’s credit card.

Police allege she used the money to include artwork for her family home, clothing, jewelry, electronics and to partially pay for vacations abroad.

The Financial Crimes Squad executed a search warrant at a residence in Wanneroo on April 1, when numerous items related to the investigation were reportedly located and seized.

The Wanneroo woman was later charged with 43 counts of theft as a servant.

She is due to appear in Fremantle Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

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