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Australia UTS academic charged for orchestrating fake harassment campaign against herself

00:00  27 november  2019
00:00  27 november  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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The Dean of Science at the University of Technology Sydney has been charged after she allegedly orchestrated a fake harassment campaign against herself, prompting a lengthy police investigation and the implementation of significant security measures.

Environmental chemist and toxicologist Professor Dianne Jolley will face a Sydney court on Wednesday over charges she allegedly sent threatening letters to herself between May and September.

The claimed harassment campaign began in May when Professor Jolley, 49, allegedly first made a report to police about letters she had received regarding the cancellation of a university course.

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She claimed that she received a total of four letters in the period to August.

On another occasion, in September Professor Jolley allegedly told police that a threatening letter and clothing items had been left on her vehicle in Sydney’s south, while a number of clothing items had been stolen from the backyard of her property.

Later that same month the university academic made another police report that a threatening letter and an item of clothing had been sent to a business in Haymarket.

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Following an extensive investigation Professor Jolley was arrested on November 15 at the UTS campus and charged with obtaining a financial advantage by deception, giving false information about a person or property in danger, and making false representations resulting in a police investigation.

She was refused bail and has been in custody since her arrest. She will appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday.

Professor Jolley joined UTS as Dean of the Faculty of Science in December 2018. Her university profile states that she has PhD qualifications and lengthy body of published journal articles on marine pollution and environmental toxicology and chemistry.

UTS has been contacted for comment.

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