6 March 2019

Former National Australia Bank chief of staff, Rosemary Rogers (in the picture) surrendered to the police after her alleged co-conspirator was charged with bribery.

On Tuesday the 43-year-old was charged with 56 counts of being an agent corruptly receiving a benefit, and dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception. Police allege that she received bribes in the form of paid personal expenses, to the value of more than $5.4 million from a contractor to maintain the contract and approve inflated invoices.

 She was released on bail with a number of strict conditions including that she reports daily to local police in Melbourne, that she adheres to a curfew between 9pm and 6am, that she refrains from using encrypted phone messaging services and that she surrenders her passport.

 Helen Rosamond, a former chief executive to Sydney-based human resources firm Human Group, was arrested on Friday last week. She was charged with more than 50 bribery and corruption-related offences. She allegedly paid multiple bribes to Ms Rosemary Rogers to secure her approval of bloated invoices to the bank.

 It is alleged the bribery and corruption took place over four years, between 2013 and 2017. Police allege some of the bribes Rogers received included a one-month trip to the US for eight people which cost $485,000, prepaid credit cards, private helicopter transfers, multiple trips to the Emirates resort at Wolgan Valley and a $46,000 boat.

 Last month Supreme Courts in NSW and Victoria slapped freezing orders over Ms Rogers’ $6.2 million property portfolio, three of her bank accounts and a $1 million NAB bank cheque following a proceeds-of-crime application by the NSW Crime Commission last year. Financial Review reported.