Gold Coast woman charged over nearly half a million dollar fraud

A 47-year-old woman has been charged with fraud and forgery after allegedly swindling over $400,000 from deceased estates on the Gold Coast.

Police say the Maudsland woman is accused of misappropriating funds while working at a law firm between 2017 and 2019.

She is alleged to have withdrawn money for herself from a legal trust account holding funds for beneficiaries over the course of two years.


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Financial and Cyber Crime Group Detectives started investigating the woman in July of last year after suspicious behaviour was reported.

The woman has been charged with 10 counts of fraud and one count each of forgery and utter.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Kirk Bellotti said these sorts of crimes are not taken lightly.

“The outcome of this investigation demonstrates how seriously police take this type of offending and the abuse of positions of trust.” Detective Bellotti said.

She will front Southport Magistrates Court on April 26.