NAB investigation sparked by ‘whistleblower’ letter, court hears

An anonymous letter exposing alleged fraud at National Australia Bank came as a shock to a senior bank investigator in the days leading up to Christmas 2017, a Sydney court heard.

Michael Griffiths, then NAB’s chief crime investigator, told Downing Center District Court in Sydney on Tuesday that the letter was “in my view extremely undesirable” when it was forwarded to him by a member on December 6, 2017 the bank’s whistleblower program.

Helen Rosamond arrived at NSW District Court in Sydney last month.

Helen Rosamond arrived at NSW District Court in Sydney last month.Recognition:Oscar Colman

“It sounds very selfish, but it was just before Christmas; I’ve been very busy anyway,” Griffiths said. His initial reaction was shock, he said, but he gave the letter “my utmost attention.”

Griffiths has been subpoenaed to testify in the trial of Sydney businesswoman Helen Rosamond, who is on trial on charges related to her alleged role in the $15 million fraud on NAB between 2013 and 2017.


Rosamond has pleaded not guilty to 60 counts of obtaining an advantage and 32 counts of dishonestly obtaining or attempting to obtain a financial advantage through deceit.

The court heard that Rosamond’s event management company, Human Group, organized leadership conferences among other events for the bank.

The Crown alleges some of Human Group’s bills to NAB covered Rosamond’s personal expenses, including $228,747 for an interior designer to furnish her Potts Point patio and gifts for senior bank teller Rosemary Rogers.

Rogers, a former chief of staff to the bank’s chief executives, has previously told the court that she approved Human Group’s inflated bills as part of a fraudulent scheme with Rosamond. NAB investigation sparked by ‘whistleblower’ letter, court hears

Joel McCord

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