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Australia Weston Creek Children's Centre director accused of defrauding business has bail refused

08:08  26 february  2021
08:08  26 february  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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a woman smiling for the camera: Weston Creek Children's Centre director Emma Morton was arrested following a police raid at her Campbell home. (Supplied) © Provided by ABC NEWS Weston Creek Children's Centre director Emma Morton was arrested following a police raid at her Campbell home. (Supplied)

The director of a Canberra childcare centre accused of defrauding the business of as much as $500,000 has been refused bail.

Police have charged Weston Creek Children's Centre director Emma Morton with 23 counts of obtaining property by deception, amounting to $160,000 in stolen funds.

But, following a raid of Ms Morton's home in Campbell this morning, officers said they believed Ms Morton may have taken more than $480,000 in total.

"Police expect to lay additional charges in the coming weeks and do not believe any other people were involved in this activity," a statement read.

"At no time was the care of the children compromised as a result of this woman's alleged actions."

Police are liaising with federal regulators to ensure the childcare centre can continue operating.

Facing the ACT Magistrates court today, Ms Morton did not enter a plea, and was refused bail.

The Weston Creek Children's Centre website describes Ms Morton as the director of the centre for more than 20 years.

She will return to court in March.

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