Court to settle fraud charges

THE allegations go back five years, but a committal hearing date has finally been set for former Ballina businesswoman Lee-Anne Carol Munro, who is charged with a series of fraud-related offences.

Munro, 40, also spelt Munroe on some court documents, is a former operator of Tristeel Ballina and Town & Country Sheds and Garages.

She faces fraudulent misappropriation of money charges involving tens of thousands of dollars.

Allegations against her involve payments to her companies from clients for steel work, including a house and a shed, that was not completed.

The matter has been mentioned previously in Ballina Local Court in an effort to find a magistrate to hear the case who did not know Munro. When the matter was again mentioned in the local court this week before Magistrate Kim Pogson, a magistrate was found.

The matter will now be heard on July 8 and 9.

Munro’s lawyer, Bruce Peters, said the matters arose in 2005 when the company his client had a directorship of with her husband went into liquidation. But the wife was the only one charged in 2007.

Mr Peters said two magistrates had to stand down from hearing the matter as they were associated with individuals involved.

Mr Pogson said the matter had not moved forward and Lismore-based Magistrate Robyn Denes was later organised to hear the matter over two days at the Ballina Local Court.



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