Former Employee Charged with Defrauding Community Centre in Regional WA

         

Summary: A woman from Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region has been charged with five counts of fraud and two counts of stealing as a servant, for misappropriating funds from the York Community Resource Centre. The centre, which went into voluntary administration in July, is being acquired by the Shire of York and aims to reopen by November.

A former employee of the York Community Resource Centre (CRC), Robyn Garratt, has been charged by WA Police with five counts of fraud and two counts of stealing as a servant. A search warrant was executed at her property in Malebelling, and she and her husband were taken into custody, although her husband was not charged. The charges follow an investigation into allegations of misappropriation of funds at the CRC. The not-for-profit community centre, which provided various services and events for the community, went into voluntary administration in July. The Shire of York is in the process of acquiring the centre and plans to have it operational again by November. The Shire will also be taking on the centre’s debt as part of the acquisition. Ratepayers will be covering the majority of the debt, with the Shire budgeting up to $200,000 in the 2023-24 budget. The Lumen Wheatbelt Regional University Centre, which was also operated by the CRC, is expected to reopen soon, with other services to follow in November. The community has expressed a need for the services provided by the CRC, and the Shire is responding to that need.

Tags: Western Australia, York Community Resource Centre, fraud, misappropriation of funds, voluntary administration, Shire of York, acquisition, debt, Lumen Wheatbelt Regional University Centre, community services

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