Owen stiffed for almost a mill, Tyler for half a brick, Mikey 151k.
One year ago, cops swooped on the bookkeeper for the noted Wright family who’d been secretly transferring herself cash to invest in horse-racing bets and poker machines.
“The rest of the money was wasted,” they said.
Shane Maree Hatton, a family friend of the Wrights, although that friendship has since become somewhat strained, was a bookkeeper for the Wright’s plumbing biz.
When the kids started to rake in the sponsor cash, Hatton took on their finances, too.
“There is a trend of family friends and relatives, who are less than qualified, managing large amounts of money and they can’t resist the temptation of taking some of the money for themselves,” the State Crime Command Director, Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett told The Daily Telegraph.
Red flags went up when celeb agent Nick Fordham, who handles Tyler’s sponsorship deals, saw the books, and noticed the balance was a little lower than expected.
Owen blamed his parents for ripping into his fortune.
Hatton, a well-preserved woman of fifty-three years whose neatly pressed blonde crown suggests a love affair with sun and sea, was caught hand in jar, by the fraud squad, and hit with 749 charges of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage.
Court documents showed the extent of the fraud waged over eight years, with Owen being stiffed for almost a million bucks as he struggled to overcome a mysterious brain injury.
From 2012 until 2020, Hatton stole $818,642.80 from Owen, transferring his cash to herself in 334 transactions ranging from $27.65 to $4668.
Tyler was hit for $586,805.07, in 295 transactions ranging from $21 to $4675.
Mikey copped $151,201.23 in 63 transactions ranging from $40 to $3538.55.
Their mum and Dad, Rob and Fiona, lost $81,025.29.
Earlier today, Hatton was jailed for a minimum of three years and ordered to pay back half the money stolen, the court told she’d paid back one hundred k already.
Hatton told the sentencing judge,The addiction had taken over. I didn’t feel like I could stop.”
A happy ending for no one.