Vincentia bookkeeper faces court charged with embezzling $1.5 million from Tyler Wright and family

CHARGED: Shane Maree Hatton, the former bookkeeper of pro-surfer siblings has been charged with embezzling over $1.5 million over a ten year period.
CHARGED: Shane Maree Hatton, the former bookkeeper of pro-surfer siblings has been charged with embezzling over $1.5 million over a ten year period.

The former bookkeeper of NSW South Coast pro-surfer siblings Tyler, Owen and Mikey Wright has been charged with embezzling more than $1.5 million of their funds over a 10-year period.

Facing 749 charges of obtaining financial advantage by deception, Vincentia accountant Shane Maree Hatton, 53, appeared in Nowra Local Court on Monday, April 26.

The Office of the Department of Public Prosecutions elected to prosecute the charges against Ms Hatton. A solicitor representing Ms Hatton did not enter pleas to the 749 charges.

The matter was adjourned and Ms Hatton will return to Nowra Local Court for brief service orders on June 21.

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Police will allege Ms Hatton defrauded the Wright siblings, of Culburra, and their family by misappropriating funds from several accounts while she was the bookkeeper contracted to manage their finances.

It is alleged the embezzlements occurred between 2010 and 2019, from multiple accounts owned among the Wright family.

It is alleged Ms Hatton misappropriated funds by cashing in pre-signed cheques and depositing money into an account in her own name, and via electronic bank transfers.

Shane Maree Hatton was the former bookkeeper of Culburra's two-time World Surf League champion Tyler Wright (pictured).

Shane Maree Hatton was the former bookkeeper of Culburra's two-time World Surf League champion Tyler Wright (pictured).

Originally managing the accounts of the family's plumbing business R & F Wright's Plumbing, Ms Hatton went on to manage the books of the Wright siblings when they became champion surfers.

Strikeforce detectives arrested Ms Hatton at her Vincentia home on Wednesday, March 31.

Shortly after, a search warrant was executed by officers who seized electronic devices and documents for forensic examination. Ms Hatton was taken to Nowra police station where she was charged.

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