Hospital CEO to face trial over fraud, false claim charges

SOUTH West Hospital and Health Service chief executive officer Graem Kelly will face trial on June 25, charged with making false claims as an official and committing fraud to dishonestly gain benefits.

Mr Kelly pleaded not guilty to the eight charges when he appeared in Roma Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The charges relate to various dates between March and August last year.

It is Mr Kelly's fourth appearance in Roma Magistrates Court, after the first three mentions were adjourned to later dates each time.

Roma Magistrates Court heard five witnesses will give evidence when the matter goes to district trial in late June.

Police will allege Mr Kelly dishonestly obtained travel allowances and benefits on a number of dates between March 19 and August 19 last year.

He will be represented by a Victorian barrister in what is expected to be a two-day trial in Roma District Court.

Mr Kelly is charged with five counts of making a false claim as an official and three counts of committing fraud to dishonestly gain benefits.

The 53-year-old was stood down on full pay and Glynis Schultz has been appointed acting CEO of South West Hospital and Health Service.

Board chair Dr Julia Lees has stood aside from her position during the court proceedings, due to a possible conflict of interest, with Lindsay Godfrey acting as chair.



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