Read the startling way an accused criminal’s lawyer described his ‘evil’ ex-girlfriend after she stole $2.4million from a Commonwealth Bank customer – before using it to ‘buy him a Ferrari’
- Jailed bank fraudster who worked at Comm Bank is accused of being ‘evil’
- Her ex-boyfriend is currently standing trial over proceeds-of-crime charges
- She allegedly planned to use the $2.4million she stole to buy him a Ferrari
- His lawyer says he had no idea money was stolen and thought her family was rich
A jailed bank fraudster who’s incriminated her former boyfriend is a ‘wretched, evil little vixen’ whose ‘tongue dripped with lies’, a jury has been told.
‘In the honesty stakes, she has got nothing going for her,’ Winston Terracini SC said in his closing address in the NSW District Court on Thursday.
His client Junchi Ma has pleaded not guilty to a string of proceeds-of-crime charges.
They are related to his alleged involvement in his then-partner’s misappropriation of $2.4 million from a Commonwealth Bank customer’s account in 2015.
‘He might be a dupe or a fool but as he said, ‘I’m not a crook’,’ Mr Terracini said.
The now 31-year-old was in a relationship with bank teller Hsin-Yu ‘Angie’ Tsai, who has given evidence for the Crown.
A jury was told former Commonwealth Bank worker Hsin-Yu Tsaid was a ‘wretched, evil little vixen’ whose ‘tongue dripped with lies’
She’s behind bars after pleading guilty to the fraud, carried out when Ma was completing a masters of applied finance at Macquarie University.
Before closing addresses began on Thursday, Judge Craig Smith directed the jury to acquit Ma of three of the 18 charges he faced as the evidence couldn’t establish an essential ingredient of those counts.
The Crown alleges Ma’s desire to buy a $650,000 Ferrari fuelled his emotional and financial pressuring of his girlfriend to swindle the funds.
Tsai’s evidence included telling the jury Ma was the one who raised the possibility of accessing the victim’s millions
She testified to depositing the stolen funds into an account held by his friend, at the suggestion of her boyfriend, who had the login details.
‘If she is capable of deceiving and tricking people in authority in the bank, she is quite capable of deceiving this young man and it is put that she did,’ the lawyer for Mr Ma (pictured) told the court
But Mr Terracini attacked the credibility of ‘the Crown’s star witness’ saying she had covered her tracks for years and even the bank experts did not know how she got away with her offending.
‘If she told you it was raining you would go outside and check,’ he said.
‘She is a low, contemptible, deceitful, dishonest woman who plainly was riddled with avarice, the love of money and was prepared to do anything.’
Ma testified he had believed the money had come from her parents, which Mr Terracini said was what this ‘wretched, evil little vixen’ also told a colleague.
‘If she is capable of deceiving and tricking people in authority in the bank, she is quite capable of deceiving this young man and it is put that she did,’ he said.
The Crown alleges Ma’s desire to buy a $650,000 Ferrari fuelled his emotional and financial pressuring of his girlfriend (pictured) to swindle the funds
Tsai was also ‘capable of spinning a yarn’, and had ‘lied and lied and lied’ and ‘used her charm’ during intercepted telephone calls played to the jury.
Prosecutor Michael Smith agreed Tsai had told lies in the phone recording and that ‘she was good at it’.
But he urged the jury to also look at ‘technical-type evidence’ such as documents, which did not lie.
Tsai no doubt exploited her knowledge of the bank systems, but that didn’t preclude Ma’s involvement in the offending which the Crown alleged included carrying out online transactions.
Mr Terracini said documents did not prove that Ma had ‘knowledge’, that he knew the monies were stolen or tainted.
Ma had explained he thought the funds were from Tsai’s parents.
‘If you can’t prove knowledge, it’s over red-rover.’
The trial continues.