Owen flew for 815k, Tyler for 526k, Mikey for 140k.
A year ago, accountant Shane Maree Hatton was charged with 749 counts of dishonestly obtaining financial benefits by deception totaling more than $1.5 million from Tyler Wright. and brothers Owen and Mikey.
Fifty-three-year-old Hatton, a family friend of the Wrights, though it was safe to assume the friendship had grown somewhat strained, was an accountant for the Wrights’ plumbing business.
When the children started collecting the sponsor’s money, Hatton took over their finances as well.
World champion Tyler was celebrating her 27th birthday when she learned that Strike Force Strathwallen, who had been formed to investigate the case at the request of Tyler’s manager, Nick Fordham, had attacked the slender, fashion-forward blonde .
In one of the biggest press releases ever issued, and still delighting a year later, police alleged that Hatton had spent $1.2 million on gambling and poker machines “while the rest was wasted. “.
The cop had his tongue stuck in his cheek, of course, because it perfectly echoed Irish football superhero George Best’s wonderful quote: “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars . The rest I just wasted.
Either way, Hatton cut a little here and there, occasionally hitting four g’s, disguising the transactions as “gardening” and “cleaning.”
Owen was the first to notice the suspicious transactions.
“I’m sorry, I played,” Hatton told Owen in May 2020. “I screwed up and it got out of hand.”
In eight years, starting in 2012, Owen was robbed for $815,000 via 317 wire transfers.
Hatton began to dip into Mikey and Tyler’s cash reserves in 2014, nailing Tyler for 526,000, Mikey for 140,000.
Last month Hatton pleaded guilty to four counts of obtaining benefits through financial deception and will face sentencing in NSW District Court later this year.
Accountants, accountants, call them what you will, have been known to stick their fingers in the honeypot, though their lifespans can be drastically shortened depending on the victims.
A man who scammed Andy and Bruce Irons for a windmill, along with around 30 other people for a total of fifty windmills, has found himself at the bottom of a canyon after a mysterious car accident.
“Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy,” Andy told me at the time.