State Emergency Services volunteer guilty of fraud

'Vital' volunteer stole from Coast SES over 18 months

A COAST State Emergency Services volunteer who pleaded guilty to counts of stealing and fraud against the organisation was recognised for her contributions while she was offending.

Michelle Joy Lillian Foxwell, 41, today pleaded guilty to the charges in Maroochydore Magistrates Court, but won't be sentenced until April 20 pending a psychiatric report.

The court heard Foxwell's first fraud offence was committed between December 2, 2015 and December 18, 2015 and relates to "dishonestly" using a Coles card owned by the SES.

Michelle Joy Lillian Foxwell pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and one count of stealing against the SES.
Michelle Joy Lillian Foxwell pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and one count of stealing against the SES. Queensland Fire and Emergency Se

 

The second count of fraud was committed between January 31, 2016 and June 23, 2016 and relates to "dishonestly" using an SES store account with IGA.

The stealing offence took place between December 2015 and April 2017.

Foxwell was charged with the offences in September last year and an arrest warrant was put on hold after she failed to appear in Noosa Magistrates Court on Tuesday, but the case has since been moved to Maroochydore.

Foxwell's lawyer told the court his client was in Brisbane due to "medical issues" with a family member on the day.

During the time frame of Foxwell's most recent fraud charge, she was subject of a National Volunteer Week story on a government website.

The article described Foxwell as the group leader of the Coolum Beach SES brigade who not only managed the group, but was a "vital member".

"We just love helping the community and we will give as much as we can, because we know if there is ever a time of need, they are going to give it back to us," Foxwell is quoted as saying

Foxwell's brother supported her in court today and she refused to comment while leaving the court house.


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