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Hawthorn Football Club cultural safety review author Phil Egan charged with fraud-related offences

The man who accused the Hawthorn Football Club of racism has been charged with 73 offences including obtaining financial advantage by deception, the use of false documents, and secret commission.

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Phil Egan, 60, has been charged with 73 fraud offences
The allegations relate to Mr Egan’s time as CEO of the Murray Valley Aboriginal Cooperative in Robinvale
Mr Egan has previously denied the allegations

Former Murray Valley Aboriginal Cooperative (MVAC) chief executive officer Phil Egan, 60, of Aberfeldie has been charged with 73 offences including 32 charges of obtaining financial advantage by deception.

Mr Egan has also been charged with multiple counts of using a false document and secret commission.

The charges relate to a Victoria Police investigation into allegations of financial mismanagement at MVAC in Robinvale, in north-west Victoria, between 2010 and 2015.

Mr Egan was CEO of MVAC from 2010 to 2012 and has previously denied any involvement in fraud.

The ABC understands the first fraud allegations were reported to police in 2018.

Mr Egan has declined to comment.

Cultural safety review

The cultural safety review, authored by Mr Egan, was commissioned by the Hawthorn Football Club.

It followed allegations young First Nations players were told to separate from their partners and an allegation a player was pressured to terminate a pregnancy, for the sake of their football careers.

In December 2022, Mr Egan said the fraud allegations made against him were “slurs against [his] name” and attempts to discredit the racism report.

Mr Egan will face the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on August 11.




Author: Russell White