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call in police over fraud

Samantha Lane

May 3, 2011

The dogs call in the police for fraud.

THE Western Bulldogs last night confirmed an internal fraud case that remains the subject of a Victoria Police investigation.

The money in question – a sum The Age believes to be about $500,000 – has been recovered by the club, which discovered the fraud at the end of last year.

The Age understands that former Bulldogs chief executive Campbell Rose is not implicated, and that the person no longer works at the club.

While the Dogs discovered the deception only in late 2010, it is understood the fraud was being perpetrated for some time before then.

The Bulldogs’ chief financial officer, Wayne Tattersall, has been instrumental in unearthing the financial deception.

The club said in a statement released last night: ”The Western Bulldogs can confirm that it is currently working with Victoria Police investigating allegations of fraud at the club.

”The alleged fraud was detected internally at the end of 2010 as a result of improved internal control procedures following the appointment of our current CFO.

”The matter was immediately reported to Victoria Police and is now a matter under investigation.”

Bulldogs chief executive Simon Garlick could provide little detail on the matter to The Age last night for legal reasons.

Garlick, who became the Dogs’ CEO last December, was not able to give an indication of when the police investigation would be completed.

He would not reveal when the club recovered the money or even the gender of the alleged perpetrator.

”We can confirm we’re working with the police investigating allegations of fraud. We detected the irregularity at the end of last year through improved internal control procedures and it was immediately reported to police,” Garlick said.

”Something I want to stress to our members and sponsors is that all the money under investigation has been recovered and we’ll obviously continue to work with investigators until the resolution of it.

”We can’t make any further comment until it has been completed and resolved.”

The club issued a statement last night confirming an ”alleged fraud … detected internally at the end of 2010 as a result of improved internal control procedures following the appointment of our current CFO”.


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