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Ex-NSW RSL boss fraud case in Sydney court

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Former NSW RSL state president Don Rowe will remain on bail as he faces accusations he defrauded the organisation of almost $10,000.

Rowe, who allegedly spent the money to pay for phone bills and a hotel room for family members, was not before Downing Centre Local Court when his matter was heard on Thursday, represented instead by barrister Rose Khalilizadeh.

The 70-year-old was charged in January with two counts of dishonestly obtaining advantage by deception arising from a 2017 anti-corruption inquiry.

Court documents seen by AAP allege Rowe used a NSW RSL credit card to pay 25 phone bills for four family members to the tune of $9,069 between August 2012 and November 2014.

He was only entitled to pay one phone bill.

He also used the card, which was reserved for his official duties as RSL state president, to cover three nights at Sydney’s Hyde Park Inn for his daughter in 2010, the documents state.

That unauthorised bill cost the organisation $363.

Rowe’s case has been adjourned until March 28 so he can get legal advice.

He was permitted to remain on bail and excused from his next appearance, when a plea is expected to be entered.


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