A LAVINGTON woman accused of stealing more than $200,000 from her former employer had her case adjourned at Albury Local Court yesterday.
The case against Kathryn Ellen Michael, 22, was listed for hearing after she had indicated last month she would plead not guilty to 40 charges.
But solicitor James Sloan yesterday sought an adjournment, saying he had been given insufficient time by Legal Aid to prepare the case and had only yesterday met his client for the first time.
“I have just met her for the first time today,” Mr Sloan said.
“There are 40 charges. They are complicated.”
Mr Sloan told magistrate Megan Greenwood Legal Aid had funded 2½ hours preparation to run the case.
“It would be a disservice to my client and the court,” Mr Sloan said.
Prosecutor Sgt Garry Rowe said he would return to Albury next month and Ms Greenwood adjourned the case for mention on October 22.
Michael, of Finke Court, first appeared in March after she was charged in January with 28 counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception from Evolve Orthodontics.
The business is run by John Brabant, founder of the Carevan Foundation that feeds homeless and disadvantaged people.
Police prosecutor Sgt Shannon Lewis said the case had been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions office in Wagga for possible prosecution but the DPP had declined to take on the matter.
Michael began working at Evolve in February 2010 and the first allegations were that she stole $400,853.92, with charge sheets listing amounts ranging from $49,070.85 to $24.95.
Sgt Lewis later said an accountant had checked the records and the amount stolen had been revised to $280,000.
Last month, Legal Aid solicitor Andrea MacDonald said the figure was slightly more than $200,000 and Michael now faced 40 counts of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage and making a false document to obtain a financial advantage.
Ms MacDonald said eight witnesses would be required in the prosecution case and the hearing would take a day.