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Annabel Walker: How socialite was brought undone with simple police checks

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A socialite jailed for fraud in tearful scenes was brought undone by the most simple of checks after repeatedly emailing police excuses why she couldn’t see them. 

Annabel Walker, 32, was locked up for 12 months without parole by a Sydney court last week, after pleading guilty to dishonesty and fraud charges worth $26,000.

Walker was already facing serious allegations when she tried her luck to avoid reporting to the police station for bail, court documents released this week said.

The former student at the elite Frensham boarding school flicked officers an email from her Hotmail account on June 22, a police fact sheet said.

Walker attached a document purportedly from the South Coast Private Hospital which claimed she had been admitted as a patient and therefore couldn’t come in. 

It was the beginning of a spate of medical lies from Walker, court documents said.

Annabel Walker, 32, has been jailed for at least 12 months over what a magistrate called a 'shocking' spree of fraud related crimes. Court documents released this week shed light on how police caught her lying about being in hospital

Annabel Walker, 32, has been jailed for at least 12 months over what a magistrate called a 'shocking' spree of fraud related crimes. Court documents released this week shed light on how police caught her lying about being in hospital

Annabel Walker, 32, has been jailed for at least 12 months over what a magistrate called a ‘shocking’ spree of fraud related crimes. Court documents released this week shed light on how police caught her lying about being in hospital

Locked up: Walker won't be eligible for parole until next September

Locked up: Walker won't be eligible for parole until next September

Walker grew up in the Southern Highlands before moving to Sydney's glitzy eastern suburbs

Walker grew up in the Southern Highlands before moving to Sydney's glitzy eastern suburbs

Locked up: Walker, left and right, won’t be eligible for parole until next September. She grew up in the Southern Highlands before moving to Sydney’s glitzy eastern suburbs

Just seven days later, Walker sent police another email, with more hospital paperwork, claiming once again she couldn’t report for bail due to medical reasons. 

The paperwork said she had been admitted to hospital as part of the ‘Managing Distress’ program run by psychiatrist Dr Puru Sagar. It meant she couldn’t meet officers for the entire final week of June or the second week of July. 

Her claims raised police suspicions – given officers were well acquainted with her history of fraud – and it didn’t take much for them to unpick her web of lies.

Court facts said police spoke to a hospital employee on July 14, who confirmed Walker actually hadn’t been an inpatient there since 2018.  

And while the doctor Walker had name-checked had indeed once been employed at the hospital, he actually hadn’t been on staff there for a couple of years. 

To make matters worse, that same evening Walker made the foolish decision to try her luck with the hospital excuse for a third time, court documents said.

Very skeptical police received a document claiming she had once again been re-admitted to hospital and couldn’t attend the Southern Highlands police station. 

Walker claimed she was repeatedly being admitted to the South Coast Private Hospital...

Walker claimed she was repeatedly being admitted to the South Coast Private Hospital...

Walker claimed she was repeatedly being admitted to the South Coast Private Hospital…

But police claimed the documents she was using were faked and she should have been here - at the Southern Highlands Police Station - reporting for bail

But police claimed the documents she was using were faked and she should have been here - at the Southern Highlands Police Station - reporting for bail

But police claimed the documents she was using were faked and she should have been here – at the Southern Highlands Police Station – reporting for bail

Socialite Annabel Walker’s email lies to the NSW Police Force 

A statement of police facts detailed the Southern Highlands socialite’s emails to police about why she could not report for bail at the police station.

The court document said Walker sent NSW Police sent messages from her Hotmail account on the following dates: 

‘On 22 June 2020, the accused sent police an email from email address belle*******@hotmail.com with an attached document allegedly created by Cassie M from South Coast Private Hospital.

‘The document related to the admission of the accused to South Coast Private Hospital for a number of dates from May 2020 to June 2020. The accused had spoken to police stating this is why she was unable to report for bail for the above conditions.’

On 29 June 2020, Walker is also accused of sending police a document from the same email address, which was also allegedly created by Cassie M.  

‘The document related to the admission of the accused into South Coast Private Hospital for the Managing Distress program under Dr Puru Sagar from 23 June 2020 to 30 June 2020 and a further scheduled admission from July 7 to 14 July,’ court facts said.

Police spoke to an employee of the hospital on July 14 who said Walker had not been an inpatient at the hospital since 2018. Dr Sagar had likewise not worked there since that year, the paperwork said.

At 9.33pm on 14 July police received a final email from Walker. 

‘The accused stated she was readmitted to South Coast Private Hospital and would be unable to report to Southern Highlands Police Station.’

She forwarded an email from the hospital penned by an administration clerk named ‘Dani’ who provided information regarding an extended stay.

Police later confirmed the people named as creating the documents had not done so and charged her with fraud.

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Police swooped, charging Walker with using false documents to influence the exercise of a public duty.

In a police interview, the socialite admitted sending the documents but insisted she had, in fact, been a patient at the hospital in 2020. 

Officers hammered her ‘blatant disregard for bail conditions’ in a fact sheet handed to a magistrate last week.

Walker – whose lawyer recused himself – admitted the hospital documents were fake before she was sentenced to a slew of charges last week. 

‘These document offences under the Crimes Act are at the highest end of offending as it strikes at the heart of the administration of bail, which is a flagrant disregard for your obligations of honesty,’ Magistrate Susan McIntyre said on sentencing.

She admitted to taking $26,000 in hotel stays (pictured is the lavish Rae's on Wategos resort at Byron Bay where she stayed), products or services without every paying for them

She admitted to taking $26,000 in hotel stays (pictured is the lavish Rae's on Wategos resort at Byron Bay where she stayed), products or services without every paying for them

She admitted to taking $26,000 in hotel stays (pictured is the lavish Rae’s on Wategos resort at Byron Bay where she stayed), products or services without every paying for them

The court heard the fraud charges Walker admitted involved her wrongfully obtaining a total of $17,981 from her former employer, the Australian Leisure Group, plus about $9,000 owing to others.

Walker stayed at the lavish Rae’s on Wategos resort in Byron Bay and buy products from a Harvey Norman store, but paid for neither, and had sent fake rental paymeny receipts to her Southern Highlands landlord for several weeks. 

Relatives cried as she told them ‘I love you’ and ‘I deserve this’ last Wednesday and was placed in handcuffs.

Walker was handed a total sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment and will be eligible for parole on September 8, 2021. 

Walker's sentencing last week was just the latest episode in the very long and public downfall of the former student at $30,000-a-year Frensham boarding school

Walker's sentencing last week was just the latest episode in the very long and public downfall of the former student at $30,000-a-year Frensham boarding school

Walker’s sentencing last week was just the latest episode in the very long and public downfall of the former student at $30,000-a-year Frensham boarding school

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BLM activist in Indiana admits to being a race faker after posing as a black person for years

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A community activist who campaigned for racial justice has outed herself as a race faker after posing as a black person for years despite being white.

Satchuel Cole, born Jennifer Lynn Benton, admitted in a Facebook post to having ‘taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white’. 

The activist, from Indianapolis, was a member of the Indy10 Black Lives Matter group and in 2017 acted as a spokesperson for the family of Aaron Bailey, who was shot and killed by police following a traffic stop in June 2017.

Cole – who uses the pronouns they and them – is just the latest in a string of people  who have admitted to lying about being black.  

‘Friends, I need to take accountability for my actions and the harm that I have done,’ Cole wrote on a Facebook page with the name Satch Paige. 

‘My deception and lies have hurt those I care most about. I have taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white. I have used Blackness when it was not mine to use.

‘I have asked for support and energy as a Black person. I have caused harm to the city, friends and the work that I held so dear. I will do the work to take responsibility for my actions and try to reduce the harm that I have already caused.’

Satchuel Cole, born Jennifer Lynn Benton, admitted in a Facebook post to having 'taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white'.

Satchuel Cole, born Jennifer Lynn Benton, admitted in a Facebook post to having 'taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white'.

Satchuel Cole, born Jennifer Lynn Benton, admitted in a Facebook post to having ‘taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white’.

The activist, from Indianapolis, was a member of the Indy10 Black Lives Matter group

The activist, from Indianapolis, was a member of the Indy10 Black Lives Matter group

The activist, from Indianapolis, was a member of the Indy10 Black Lives Matter group 

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Cole promised to work to repair the harm caused if possible.  

‘If there are ways to repair the harm, I will do the work that is required to do so. I will continue to seek the help necessary to heal myself,’ the activist wrote.

‘I am sorry for the harm I have caused. I am sorry for the hurt and betrayal. I will do what I can to show that I want to be a better person.’

Followers were split in their reaction, with some venting their anger while others rushed to defend Cole in their comments. 

‘What’s also sad is you could have done all the same work and never had to lie to get it done. You just chose to,’ wrote Kirei LynNenise. 

‘You asked to meet with me last Thursday and despite already knowing I decided to because I genuinely cared about you. You played on my kindness and were nothing but manipulative while you attempted to maintain your lie,’ added Amber Chante.

‘I don’t believe s*** you have to say about doing the work to repair harm. ‘

Cole's admission comes amid a string of people admitting they have lied about being black

Cole's admission comes amid a string of people admitting they have lied about being black

Cole’s admission comes amid a string of people admitting they have lied about being black

However another friend Jennifer Lannclos added that she still supported Cole for the work they achieved. 

‘Satch love white black whatever I love you to the moon and back and you are a beautiful soul don’t ever forget that! You fought harder than many and you damn sure looked out for me so know U will always be my friend and I got you!’ she wrote. 

Cole was a highly visible community leader in Indianapolis who advocated for racial and social justice across Indiana, as well as being active in the LGBTQ community.

As well as being involved with DON’T SLEEP, a group that advocates for equity and justice in Indianapolis, Cole was the founder of No Questions Asked Food Pantry, which has operated in partnership with Indy10 Black Lives Matter, Indy Pride, Queering Indy and Indy Feminists.

IndyStar reports that this year, Cole was also one of Indy Pride Parade 2020 Grand Marshals.

Cole is no longer listed on the DON’T SLEEP website.  

Indy10 Black Lives Matter, Indy Pride and Indy SURJ have not yet commented on the revelation. 

The No Questions Asked Food Pantry run by Cole received $35,000 to continue feeding families in need during the coronavirus earlier this year. 

However, the grant application did not ask about race or identity, Pamela Ross, vice president of opportunity, equity and inclusion at Central Indiana Community Foundation confirmed. 

Ross added that Cole’s actions still remained unacceptable. 

‘We were funding the work of No Questions Asked Food Pantry and this particular fund was not only vetted through CICF staff but it was also vetted through residents who said the organization added value to the community,’ Ross said.

‘We granted support to the work being done, which was validated by the community,’ she added.

‘But we are disappointed that we have another instance of a white woman claiming to be a Black woman and it continues to perpetuate issues that we see in the community and it creates divisiveness.’ 

The admission and apology only came after the website BlackIndyLIVE.com published an expose on the community organizer’s family and race which debunked Cole’s claim to having a black father. 

Cole’s racial identity had long been questioned by other activist’s in the community, according to the IndyStar

Cole’s name was legally changed from Jennifer Lynn Benton in Hamilton County Court in 2010.  

Followers were split in their reaction, with some venting their anger while others rushed to defend Cole in their comments

Followers were split in their reaction, with some venting their anger while others rushed to defend Cole in their comments

Followers were split in their reaction, with some venting their anger while others rushed to defend Cole in their comments

Crystal Turner said that when she first met Cole at Black Lives Matter meeting, she questioned ‘Why is this Black Lives Matter meeting being ran by a white woman?’. 

‘But she explained her lie of a story and she had enough other people betrayed that they vouched for her. And she would constantly acknowledge she was able to pass for white … and how she had to use that to help others,’ Turner said. 

‘So I’m sure a lot of people, like I did, just thought she was really aware of her privilege as a biracial Black woman, not that she was a white woman just pretending for years.’ 

Turner also comments on Cole’s Facebook post to say that the same work could have been done as a white woman, telling the IndyStar that harm caused by the deception was massive ‘especially knowing the personal struggles of the Black women she got close to, still using us for her benefit. 

‘She always wanted someone doing something for her,’ Turner added. 

Cole is the latest of a string of white people who have been exposed for pretending to be black. 

University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student CV Vitolo-Haddad this week resigned from a teaching role after admitting to lying about being black.  

Vitolo-Haddad pretended on multiple occasions to be black or Latino although the teacher is actually Southern Italian and Sicilian.  

They failed to correct peoples’ assumptions about racial identity, ‘entered Black organizing spaces’ and  on three occasions didn’t say no when others asked about being black.  

CV Vitolo-Haddad (pictured), a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student, has resigned from a teaching role after admitting to lying about being black

CV Vitolo-Haddad (pictured), a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student, has resigned from a teaching role after admitting to lying about being black

CV Vitolo-Haddad (pictured), a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student, has resigned from a teaching role after admitting to lying about being black

Vitolo-Haddad confessed to the deception in two Medium blog posts and apologized for ‘every ounce of heartbreak and betrayal’ caused by the false claims.  

‘In trying to sort through parts of who I am, I’ve taken some very wrong turns. I never really owned up to them as they became apparent, nor recognized the trail of damage behind me,’ Vitolo-Haddad wrote.

Jessica Krug, 38, a white professor of African American studies confessed in a Medium post earlier this month that she had been faking being black for years.  

The professor at George Washington University admitted she had deceived colleagues and students for years.

Krug grew up as a white Jewish child in Kansas City but assumed a series of different black identities throughout her career, she confessed in a Medium blog post on September 3. 

Krug resigned from her role at the university last week following a backlash over the deception.  

Dr Jessica Krug resigned from George Washington University, it was confirmed Wednesday

Dr Jessica Krug resigned from George Washington University, it was confirmed Wednesday

Dr Jessica Krug resigned from George Washington University, it was confirmed Wednesday

One of the most notorious examples of race faking was Rachel Dolezal, a former NAACP leader from Washington state who was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black in 2015.

Experts on race claim that people may lie about their racial identity for a number of reasons including a need for attention or to run away from their past but that the effects are extremely detrimental to the communities they are pretending to be a part of. 

‘The negative consequences and harm to the community are tremendous — a racial justice advocate who has portrayed herself as Black has taken up space, opportunity, voice, and attention from Black advocates and activists,’ Dina Okamoto, director of the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society at Indiana University, told IndyStar. 

‘Her fraudulent racial identity was used to build her career in activism for the Black community. Every person who has come into contact with this advocate did so with the understanding that she had lived and experienced her life as a Black woman, and she has broken that trust with the community.’ 

Okamoto added to friends suggestions that there was no need to lie to become a good activist. 

‘Race and racial identity are complex issues, but they need not be fraught; the situation here and situations like it are fraught and harmful because of the ways in which people construct false identities and pasts to make inroads and gains within and at the expense of Black communities,’ she said.  

Michelle Moyd, the Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor in the Department of History at IU, said that the recent spike in the exposure of race fakers will have extremely negative effects on the black community. 

‘Each time one of these frauds is exposed, the people around them are left to pick up the pieces,’ she said. 

‘Those who understood (Cole) as a trustworthy member of the Indianapolis activist community now must repair the damage she has done, even as they also must continue their crucial social justice work. Nobody has extra time to do that kind of damage assessment, especially now. 

‘And yet because they are committed to the work, they will do so, and they will continue. Because they must.’ 

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Australia’s JobSeeker towns where households have been worst hit the pandemic

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The Australian towns worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic have been laid bare by new data, with Mandurah in Western Australia and Sydney’s inner west leading the pack.

Mandurah in WA’s southwest is the worst affected area, with unemployment rising from to 18 per cent, according to labour force data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The coastal city – about an hour’s drive from Perth – has seen the joblessness rate rise by 11.6 per cent in the last year to July.

Mandurah in Western Australia's southwest (pictured) and Sydney's Inner West have been listed as the worst affected areas, according to labour force data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Mandurah in Western Australia's southwest (pictured) and Sydney's Inner West have been listed as the worst affected areas, according to labour force data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Mandurah in Western Australia’s southwest (pictured) and Sydney’s Inner West have been listed as the worst affected areas, according to labour force data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

It was closely followed by Sydney’s inner west which had an unemployment rate of 9.4 per cent. 

Its figure was eight percentage points higher than in 2019, The Australian reported. 

Other badly affected areas include Coffs Harbour and Grafton in New South Wales, Wide Bay in Queensland and north-west Melbourne.   

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Other greatly affected statistical areas include Coffs Harbour (coastal area above) and Grafton (below) in New South Wales, Wide Bay in Queensland and North West Melbourne

Other greatly affected statistical areas include Coffs Harbour (coastal area above) and Grafton (below) in New South Wales, Wide Bay in Queensland and North West Melbourne

Other greatly affected statistical areas include Coffs Harbour (coastal area above) and Grafton (below) in New South Wales, Wide Bay in Queensland and North West Melbourne

Hardest hit areas: Early 2020 v July 2020

Mandurah – 11.6 per cent to 18 per cent 

Sydney Inner West – 8 to 9.4 per cent

Coffs Harbour-Grafton, NSW – 7.9 per cent to 11.6 per cent

Melbourne North West – 7.3 per cent to 12.6 per cent

Wide Bay –  7 per cent to 17 per cent

Darling Downs-Maranoa, QLD – 6.8 per cent to 8.7 per cent

Brisbane East, QLD – 6.7 per cent to 9.3 per cent

Ballarat – 5.6 per cent to 6.7 per cent

Sydney city and inner south – 5.5 per cent to 9.2 per cent

Moreton Bay-South, QLD – 5.1 per cent to 10.5 per cent

Australia 2.2 per cent to 7.4 per cent

Source: ABS via The Australian 

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National unemployment actually fell to 6.8 per cent in August after 111,000 new jobs were created.

The surprise figures came after Australia’s total unemployment figure hit 7.5 per cent in July – a 22-year high. 

But there are fears the rate of unemployment could rise again when the JobKeeper subsidy ends, which is likely to force businesses to let staff go. 

National Australia Bank chief economist Alan Oster said the 111,000 new jobs created last month simply reflected a surge in the number of people identifying as self-employed. 

‘There was a big spike in those that were basically self employed and not employing anybody,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on Friday. 

The Reserve Bank of Australia said on Thursday that recessions had ‘enduring effects on unemployment rates.’

‘Regions that experienced larger-than-average downturns had significantly higher unemployment rates for around a decade afterwards,’ it stated on its website.

RBA added ‘early 1990s recession led to an even wider range of outcomes, with regional unemployment rates changing by between -5 and 13 percentage points.’

‘These differences in the “initial exposure” of regions to national recessions can reflect differences in industry composition, demographics and average skill levels, among other factor.’  

Wide Bay MP Llew O’Brien told The Australian towns within his electorate had ‘really serious high unemployment and really serious youth unemployment’.

Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien told The Australian towns within his electorate had 'really serious high unemployment and really serious youth unemployment'. Pictured: Burnett Heads in the Wide Bay electorate

Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien told The Australian towns within his electorate had 'really serious high unemployment and really serious youth unemployment'. Pictured: Burnett Heads in the Wide Bay electorate

Wide Bay MP Llew O’Brien told The Australian towns within his electorate had ‘really serious high unemployment and really serious youth unemployment’. Pictured: Burnett Heads in the Wide Bay electorate

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Gold Coast: Ten sharks spotted circling bait ball at Burleigh Heads following Nick Slater’s death

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Horrifying footage has shown the moment at least ten sharks swarmed a bait ball just 500 metres from a popular swimming beach.

Max Hinton, from Content Lion, caught the scene on his drone at Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Queensland on Friday.

The footage showed sharks close to the surface circling one of the fish bait balls.

Many more sharks were seen lurking deep below, all eager to get a taste of the dead animals left there as a way to prevent sharks from getting closer to shore.

‘This was about 500 meters off-shore and completely took me by surprise how close it was and the scale of how many sharks there were,’ Mr Hinton told Nine News.

Nick Slater (pictured) was fatally mauled at about 5pm on September 8 off popular Greenmount Beach, on the Gold Coast tourist strip, where swimmers are protected by shark netting

Nick Slater (pictured) was fatally mauled at about 5pm on September 8 off popular Greenmount Beach, on the Gold Coast tourist strip, where swimmers are protected by shark netting

Nick Slater (pictured) was fatally mauled at about 5pm on September 8 off popular Greenmount Beach, on the Gold Coast tourist strip, where swimmers are protected by shark netting

Locals have been cautious about stepping into the water after a 46-year-old died just 15km away following a shark attack.

Nick Slater was fatally mauled while surfing near Greenmount Beach, on the Gold Coast tourist strip, at about 5pm on September 8. 

Early analysis of the tooth and the imprint of the animal’s jaw on Mr Slater’s surfboard revealed it was likely a 3.5m white pointer shark.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed a large tiger shark was found tangled in a net off Greenmount Beach just hours after the tragedy.

‘Further investigations will be conducted to discover if there is any link between it and the fatal attack,’ Palaszczuk told state parliament.

Mr Slater suffered serious leg injuries and was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

Max Hinton (pictured), from Content Lion, caught the scene on his drone at Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Queensland on Friday

Max Hinton (pictured), from Content Lion, caught the scene on his drone at Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Queensland on Friday

Max Hinton (pictured), from Content Lion, caught the scene on his drone at Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Queensland on Friday

His death is only the second fatal shark attack at one of Queensland’s 85 beaches that have been protected by nets and drum lines since 1962, the state government said.

Before nets were put in place, the last fatal shark attack off a Gold Coast beach – 24 of which are now netted – was in 1958.

Friday’s footage prompted Surf Lifesaving  Queensland to issue a warning to all swimmers as school holidays is set to begin.

‘Six roving jet skis rove from Southport down to the border, our Westpac rescue drones will be in the sky our Westpac rescue helicopter,’ Nathan Fife, from the organisation, said.

‘If [swimmers] do see any bait balls please stay well away.’ 

Horrifying footage has shown the moment at this ten sharks swarm around a bait ball just 500 meteres from shore while swimmers remain unaware at what is happening

Horrifying footage has shown the moment at this ten sharks swarm around a bait ball just 500 meteres from shore while swimmers remain unaware at what is happening

Horrifying footage has shown the moment at this ten sharks swarm around a bait ball just 500 meteres from shore while swimmers remain unaware at what is happening

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