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Bookkeeper acquitted of 82 fraud charges

Following a 5 day trial, Birman & Ride today secured the acquittal on all counts of a bookkeeper charged with 82 counts of stealing from an employer.

Police laid the charges following her employer’s complaint that he queried ‘irregular payments’ appearing on his company’s bank statements. The employer claimed that he had been unable to find any explanation for the rogue payments in the company’s business records.

The police appear to have unquestioningly accepted the employer’s version of events and, on that basis, commenced this prosecution.

Having reviewed and analysed the voluminous prosecution evidence, the Birman & Ride team identified numerous significant flaws with the prosecution case. The Defence team then went on to review hundreds of pages of company records (including Quickbook entries, bank statements and supplier invoices) and relied upon these as part of the defence case. It was through this careful and methodical approach that an acquittal was secured.

This was truly a case where the devil was in the detail and shows how important it is for a defence team to properly review all documentation served by the police, to take detailed instructions from the client and to review any other relevant documentation even if it has not been disclosed by the police. This may require the defence team to subpoena documents from third parties.

If you have been charged with a serious offence (whether fraud or something else) you need a defence team that gives your case the attention it deserves; a team that never loses sight of how important this matter is to you.

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