$1.4m fraud disputed

A WOMAN accused of a million-dollar rip off at a Wangaratta aged care centre yesterday pleaded guilty to allegations, though the monetary amount is disputed.

Coral Maree Dyason appeared at Wangaratta Magistrates Court yesterday.

She formally entered guilty pleas to seven charges of obtaining property by deception.

Police have claimed she defrauded St John’s Retirement Village of $1.4 mil- lion but the amount is still in contention.

Dyason, 46, now lives at Whyalla in South Australia and had bail continued in her own undertaking.

She will reappear at the next sittings of the County Court at Wangaratta, beginning on May 26.

Dyason was charged by Wangaratta detectives in early September following a three-year investigation.

The fraud took place between 2004 and 2010 and was discovered after an internal investigation by St John’s.

St John’s is a Wangaratta Anglican diocese facility caring for elderly community members.