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Former NAB executive probed for $110m corporate travel bill

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NNAB CEO Andrew Thorburn’s former chief of staff, Rosemary Rogers, has been issued a notice that her bank account will be frozen by the NSW Crime Commission as part of an ongoing investigation into a bribery scandal.

Rogers has had her accounts frozen as part of an investigation into more than $113 million spent in “corporate travel” that was organised by events management company The Human Group, The Australian reports.

The NSW Crime Commission has been looking into whether The Human Group offered NAB staff kickbacks in order to lock in contracts with the bank.

The major bank paid on average $10 million a year for the trips that were attended by NAB top brass, including Thorburn.

One trip, fashioned as a “corporate retreat” to Dubai, saw top executives flown first-class and then helicoptered to a desert oasis.

Rogers quit the bank a year ago, and has been embroiled in the bribery investigation ever since.

A NSW Police strike force conducted a number of raids on properties in Sydney and Melbourne in April, including The Human Group offices as well as the property of director Helen Rosamond.

The NSW Police and Crime Commission is now investigating several of Rosamond’s properties across Sydney and Melbourne.

“If the alleged fraud is proven, it represents a most serious breach of trust by a former employee,” a NAB spokesperson told The Australian.

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