Collapsed business at centre of $440,000 fraud claim

BREAKING: The former accountant of a Toowoomba business that went bust earlier this year has been charged with fraud as an employee to the tune of almost $500,000.

It is believed Brett Maxwell Wrigley, 49, had worked as an accountant for CJR Industries Toowoomba for about four years before he parted ways with the business.

The amount alleged on the court file is $443,000.

He was not in Toowoomba Magistrates Court today when the charges of two counts of fraud by employee were mentioned.

However, his solicitor Chris Neville (Condon Charles Lawyers) asked that his client's appearance be excused and sought an adjournment of the case.

Mr Neville said he had received a partial police brief of evidence pertaining to his client's case and would have to seek further instructions.

No details of the case were aired in court and Wrigley has not as yet been required to enter any pleas to the charges.

Magistrate Graham Lee remanded Wrigley on bail and adjourned the case for mention back in the same court on September 20.

A company source told The Chronicle it was expected a second accused could be charged in relation to the matter.

CJR Industries announced in January it was "exiting the plumbing supplies business" after 20 years but hoping to continue its sheet metal workshop.

Market saturation and a tough economic climate was blamed for the closure of the plumbing supplies business which ultimately cut staff numbers from 25 to 12.