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Message to Customers

Dear Valued Customer

A former officer of the Deceased Estates section of Public Trustee was charged with dishonesty offences and has pleaded guilty to seven charges in the Magistrates Court today.

The former officer handled Deceased Estates, and the allegations do not relate to Public Trustee’s Will-writing, Tax, Trusts, Personal Estates or Regulatory branches.

The former officer was suspended from duty pending finalisation of court action and later resigned.

Please be assured that Public Trustee has cooperated fully with investigators.

A function of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is to assist government agencies in developing their internal practices, policies and procedures.
Public Trustee welcomes the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption’s decision to evaluate its internal practices, policies and procedures and will work with ICAC to do this.

If you wish to seek specific information about your estate, please ring our dedicated information line at Public Trustee on 08 8226 9280 or contact us through our website at https://publictrustee.sa.gov.au/contact-us/request-for-information/

As the matter is still before the courts, we are unable to provide you with details at this time. We thank you for your ongoing support and will keep you informed as best we can.

Debra Contala
Public Trustee