Former NAB chief of staff arrested for corruption

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Former NAB chief of staff Rosemary Rogers has walked into an inner-city Sydney police station to be arrested just days after her alleged co-conspirator was charged with bribery.

Ms Rogers of Williamstown in Victoria flew to Sydney and handed herself in to be arrested earlier than expected in an attempt to avoid further media scrutiny.

The Australian Financial Review understands Ms Rogers is expected to be charged with 56 counts of receiving corrupt benefits to the tune of $5.4 million including luxury overseas travel and cash.

A NAB spokesperson said the bank was the victim and if the alleged fraud was proven it would represent a serious breach of trust from a former employee.

“Police have confirmed that no one at NAB is under investigation, including former CEO Andrew Thorburn, and there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by anyone at NAB,” the spokesman said.

NAB paid the Human Group $40 million over the course of five years. The scam was operated out of the office of the CEO which was outside normal audit controls and was uncovered by a whistleblower at the bank.

NAB’s former CEO Andrew Thorburn, who resigned in February after searing criticism from Banking Royal Commissioner Kenneth Hayne, is believed to be a witness in proceedings.

Last Friday the founder of the Human Group Ms Helen Rosamond was arrested by Strike Force Napthali and arrested on 56 counts of bribery.

Ms Rosamond was arrested at a residence in Potts Point after a multiyear​ investigation into an alleged procurement scam that saw the bank pay heavily inflated invoices for services to the bank that included executive travel and retreats.

Ms Rosamond was also charged with obtaining benefit by deception and attempted fraud, in addition to the bribery charges.

The day before Ms Rosamond was charged, her former husband Geoffrey Rosamond was sentenced to a year in prison after assaulting his then wife and friend Jeremy Best in 2015.

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