Facing years in jail but still smiling: Accused fraudster Helen Rosamond happy as can be as she stands trial for allegedly stealing millions from NAB to fund a life of luxury

  • The trial of Human Group chief executive Helen Mary Rosamond is ending soon 
  • She is accused of fraudulently using NBA funds to pay for extravagant gifts
  • Ex-chief of staff to the NAB’s CEO Rosemary Rogers was the alleged recipient 
  • Court heard Rosamond allegedly gave the luxury gifts to extend a NAB contract 

Corrupt payments and altered invoices were all part of an accused fraudster’s plan to reward a NAB senior staffer and lock in extended business contracts with the bank, a jury has heard. 

In closing submissions during the NSW District Court trial of Helen Mary Rosamond, prosecutor Katrina Mackenzie detailed the various allegedly corrupt benefits and financial advantages the Human Group chief executive gained between 2013 and 2017.

While the 47-year-old has pleaded not guilty to dozens of charges, Ms Mackenzie said Rosamond dishonestly used bank funds to support a life of luxury for Rosemary Rogers, former chief of staff to the National Australia Bank’s CEO.

Helen Mary Rosamond (above) is accused of fraudulently giving away millions of dollars worth of gifts to win extended contracts

Rosamond leaving court on November 2 as the closing submissions into her fraud trial are heard

Rosamond leaving court on November 2 as the closing submissions into her fraud trial are heard

‘This is the way the accused ensures that Rose Rogers stays on side, stays happy, and continues to get her benefits which … Ms Rogers said she’d become dependent on to maintain her lifestyle,’ Ms Mackenzie told the court.

Rosamond allegedly paid for Rogers and her family to fly off on trips within Australia and overseas, charging these amounts to NAB through fraudulent, altered invoices so the bank and staff at events and human resources company Human Group were none-the-wiser.

These payments included $3,200 for a stay at Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel, $7,500 for a trip to Fiji, $40,000 for a weekend at Sydney’s Park Hyatt, $35,000 for a stay at the Gold Coast’s Palazzo Versace for a friend’s birthday, and $29,000 to celebrate her 10th wedding anniversary at the Sapphire Resort in Hobart.

Rogers also received $12,000 for a Brig Falcon boat, over $128,000 to cover patio renovations at her holiday home in Bellbrae, Victoria, and around $91,000 to pay for a Bunkhouse Cell caravan.

Rosamond allegedly paid for Rogers and her family to fly off on trips within Australia and overseas, charging these amounts to NAB through fraudulent, altered invoices so the bank and staff at events and human resources company Human Group were none-the-wiser

Rosamond allegedly paid for Rogers and her family to fly off on trips within Australia and overseas, charging these amounts to NAB through fraudulent, altered invoices so the bank and staff at events and human resources company Human Group were none-the-wiser

The court heard Rosamond allegedly bought holidays, home renovations and a luxury boat to impress former chief of staff to the National Bank of Australia's CEO Rosemary Rogers (pictured, a NAB storefront)

The court heard Rosamond allegedly bought holidays, home renovations and a luxury boat to impress former chief of staff to the National Bank of Australia’s CEO Rosemary Rogers (pictured, a NAB storefront)

She repaid none of these amounts, telling the court she simply asked Rosamond to pay them and it was done.

Rogers previously told the jury she was sent to prison in December 2020 after pleading guilty to 27 counts of corruptly receiving a benefit and five of obtaining a financial advantage by deception.

Rosamond allegedly also used these fraudulent invoices to pay for almost $40,000 worth of large garden umbrellas for her own home in the Sydney suburb of Mosman.

Helen Mary Rosamond has appeared happy throughout her trial, seen here arriving at the Downing Centre District Court in Sydney on August 26

Helen Mary Rosamond has appeared happy throughout her trial, seen here arriving at the Downing Centre District Court in Sydney on August 26

These payments were not authorised by NAB and were made not only to financially benefit Rosamond but to ensure that Human Group’s contract with the bank would be extended, the court heard.

On June 19, 2014, Rogers requested that Human Group’s contract with NAB, initially signed in 2008, would be extended for a further two years. This extension was green lit six days later.

The trial before Judge Robert Sutherland continues.

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