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Couple denies scamming $17 million from Dual

A married couple will stand trial next week accused of defrauding Dual Australia of $17 million between 2011 and 2013.

Former Dual national claims manager Josie Gonzalez appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court last week on 358 counts of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage. She has pleaded not guilty.

Her husband Alvaro Gonzalez has denied 360 counts of dealing with the proceeds of crime.

The pair were committed to stand trial at the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on Tuesday next week.

In June 2013 an Breaking News bulletin reported the discovery of the alleged fraud.

At the time, Dual CEO Damien Coates described it as “a horrible thing to have happened” and said he was confident most of the money could be recovered.

Dual alleged Mr and Ms Gonzalez set up a law firm to submit fake invoices. The loss of $17 million was discovered while Ms Gonzalez was on maternity leave.

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