Casino bookkeeper pleads guilty to fraud charges

A CASINO bookkeeper, who now works for Richmond Valley Council, has entered guilty pleas to 19 charges in relation to allegedly defrauding her former employer of more than $17,000.

Debbie Mortimer did not appear at Casino Local Court yesterday but was represented by her solicitor Gary Hooper.

Ms Mortimer was arrested in April following a 12 month investigation by Casino police.

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Police allege Mortimer, 41, conducted fraudulent transactions totalling approximately $17,500 from the bank account of a Casino manufacturing business where she worked for just six months.

It is also alleged Mortimer altered her pay slips so she could obtain a higher limit on her credit card.

Following Mortimer's arrest she was granted conditional bail to appear in court yesterday.

When Richmond Valley Council learned of Mortimer's arrest she was suspended on full-pay, while the council conducted its own investigation.

Richmond Valley Council general manager John Walker said when council was aware of the situation they gave Mortimer the opportunity of informing them about the charges and whether there was any effect on her employment.

"The investigation showed us that the alleged offences had occurred before her commencement with council, therefore they weren't directly related to her current role," he said.

Mr Walker said Ms Mortimer returned to work with the council two weeks ago.

"It was determined council will reconsider its position once the result of her court case was known," he said.

Mortimer's matters were adjourned until a date in July at Casino Local Court.



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