A glamorous former bank worker accused of masterminding an extensive financial fraud scheme is facing an eye-popping 237 charges related to her alleged criminal network.
Sara Daizli, 31, fronted Sydney Downing Centre court on Thursday in designer wedges and leather pants to continue her legal battle.
Police allege she used her role at the bank to open accounts in fictitious names and swindle hundreds of thousands of dollars between February 2016 and December 2018.
Police claim Ms Daizli siphoned money into her bank account under a false name and accessed her ill-gotten gains.
The former bank staffer also allegedly made fraudulent loan applications to ANZ and St George banks.
Police claim she knowingly directed the activities of a criminal group and dealt with the proceeds of crime over the two-year period.
Her staggeringly lengthy charge sheet includes 121 counts of dishonestly gaining a financial advantage by deception and 72 counts of possessing a false document to obtain financial advantage.
On Thursday, the court heard Ms Daizli’s matter has been languishing in the Local Court due to the sheer volume of charges laid on the former bank staffer and her four co-accused.
“It had its first anniversary in the Local Court,” Magistrate Susan Horan noted.
Despite the delays, the court heard Ms Daizli’s charges will proceed to a higher court in the new year.
The court heard 211 charges have been committed for trial in the District Court, while 26 counts of possessing identity information to commit an indictable offence will be taken into consideration.
Six of the 244 original charges were withdrawn by the prosecution and one was returned to police, leaving the former bank employee facing a total of 237 charges.
She will return to court on February 10 to be formally arraigned before a trial date can be set.
Ms Daizli is currently on bail, which was secured by two sureties totalling over $1m.