Man pleads not guilty to 24 charges

A FORMER volunteer of a Coffs Coast marine rescue service stands accused of embezzling money from the community organisation he served.

Stephen Leslie Raymond, 59, of Woolgoolga, has pleaded not guilty to 24 charges of obtaining money by deception in Coffs Harbour Local Court yesterday.

Police prosecutors allege that Raymond used a debit card belonging to the Woolgoolga Volunteer Sea Rescue Inc for his own personal gain on multiple occasions.

It’s alleged he used the card to pay for private purchases amounting to around $2000, between January and September of 2009.

Police evidence details transactions made at local service stations, supermarkets, a fast food restaurant and cash withdrawn at automatic teller machines.

The court has heard Raymond also allegedly used the card to pay for dental services and to purchase a wireless broadband internet connection.

Raymond’s legal defence, solicitor Herbert Weller, has indicated his clients’ intention to plead not guilty to the offences.

The matter has been adjourned in the Coffs Harbour Local Court to June 16.



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