The former husband of a Sydney businesswoman accused of defrauding the National Australia Bank of millions of dollars has given evidence in her trial that he was unaware of how she paid for an overseas holiday and hundreds of thousands of dollars in landscaping for their Mosman home.
Helen Rosamond, 47, is standing trial in the NSW District Court in Sydney on charges relating to her alleged role in defrauding NAB of $15 million. She has pleaded not guilty to 60 counts of giving a corrupt benefit and 32 counts of dishonestly obtaining, or attempting to dishonestly obtain, a financial advantage by deception.
The Crown alleges Rosamond sent falsified and inflated invoices from her event management company Human Group to NAB between 2013 and 2017 and paid millions of dollars in kickbacks to Rosemary Rogers, chief of staff in the office of the bank’s then-chief executive, to ensure they were paid.
Her former husband, Geoffrey Rosamond, gave evidence in the Downing Centre District Court in Sydney on Thursday and said he effectively “exited” a Human Group business, MyTraining.net, in 2012.
He said his then-wife was appointed chief executive of both companies at that time. He said he resigned as a director of all companies in August 2015 and was “cut off financially”.
Asked how he received income between 2012 and 2015, he said: “I received income through disbursements from the family trust.”
He said his then-wife signed off on an initial budget of $350,000 for extensive landscaping work on their Mosman home from about 2013 or 2014. He said the cost later became “bigger than Ben Hur”.
He said he assumed the money was coming from their mortgage offset account or “a company loan to Helen”, but he did not pay any of the bills himself. “I couldn’t even if I wanted to,” he told the court.