A secret surveillance bug inside a senior police officer’s home recorded her panicking after she spoke to detectives investigating the alleged fake theft of her car.
Senior sergeant Karen Yerbury, her daughter Regan Yerbury, Regan’s athletics coach Gavin Dunn and Dunn’s associate – alleged gang president Glenn Stone – are charged with conspiring to fake the theft of Karen’s car for an insurance payout.
Police will allege Regan Yerbury, Dunn and Stone attempted to fake the theft of Karen Yerbury’s Mazda Cx-5 in May 2017 before police found and returned it.
It is further alleged Karen Yerbury, Dunn and Stone successfully faked the car’s theft on their second alleged attempt in February 2018 and Karen Yerbury subsequently received the $30,571.17 insurance payout.
Secret recordings tendered to Downing Centre Local Court reveal Karen Yerbury‘s panic when detectives called and said they suspected Dunn – her best friend’s husband – was responsible.
Police allege Karen Yerbury was frightened about this development because she knew her daughter Regan had arranged the first alleged fraud attempt with Dunn.
When she could not contact her daughter Regan to discuss the police phone call, the court heard a surveillance recording of Karen talking to herself, saying “God, I am in shit, okay”.
“Oh what am I going to do guys, I’m in poo,” Karen Yerbury is heard saying.
“Ah too much, too much, too much – she’s not answering the phone, what am I going to do?
“I don’t know anything about that ever … Regan, Regan, Regan.”
At the hearing before Magistrate Julie Huber, Crown Prosecutor Heidi Cantor said Karen Yerbury then called her ex-husband and Regan’s father for advice.
Detectives who suspected Karen Yerbury was also involved in the alleged fraud scheme tapped the phone call and the transcript was tendered to the court.
“She says ‘I’m under investigation for fraud’ – she has no reason to think she’s under investigation for fraud,” Ms Cantor told the court.
“She says, ‘because of something my stupid daughter did – my car got stolen and I just found out the idiots who stole it did it so I could get the insurance money’.”
Karen Yerbury has pleaded not guilty to one attempt to dishonestly obtain a financial advantage by deception, actually dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception, and two counts of concealing a serious indictable offence.
Regan Yerbury has pleaded not guilty to one attempt to dishonestly obtain a financial advantage by deception.
Glenn Stone has pleaded not guilty to two attempts to dishonestly obtain a financial advantage by deception, and actually dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage.
Dunn has pleaded guilty to attempting to dishonestly obtain a financial advantage by deception in relation to taking the car the first time, and not guilty to knowingly directing a criminal group, stealing a motor vehicle and dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception.
The hearing resumes on April 27.
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