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Charity founder back in court next week

Jean Madden

Former Young Australian of the Year finalist Jean Madden will fight the fraud charge she’s facing, her lawyer says.

Ms Madden, who has been charged in relation to the charity she founded, Street Swags, was due to front the Brisbane Magistrates Court this month,  but her lawyer Kris Jahnke asked for her appearance to be excused.

Outside court, Mr Jahnke said his client would be defending the charge. “All I know is my client will be vigorously defending the charge and the matter has been adjourned for that purpose.”

Ms Madden was charged with dishonesty causing detriment to Street Swags, which provides a durable form of bedding for the homeless, last month.

It’s alleged she took control of the charity’s website and emails after being sacked as chief executive in May, following accusations she misappropriated $441,000 from the organisation.

The Brisbane Supreme Court last month granted an application from the charity’s board to prohibit Ms Madden from accessing or using Street Swag funds, entering its office or representing herself as the company’s director.

The fraud charge against her will next be mentioned in court on September 5

FULL STORY: Street Swags founder Jean Madden to fight fraud charge (The Brisbane Times)

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