Three of the charges related to Ms Malden misusing her position for a personal gain of $11,746.23 in cash and $30,000 towards the purchase of a new four-wheel drive.
Ms Malden also pleaded guilty and was sentenced on a further four charges of creating and lodging false financial reports with funding bodies.
The charges were brought under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 and the Commonwealth Criminal Code. Ms Malden was the CEO of the Yuendumu Women’s Centre Aboriginal Corporation (YWCAC) from 2005 to 2009.
In her sentencing remarks, Justice Blokland stated that “the breach of trust involved in this offending is of a high order. The women of the Yuendumu corporation are an extremely vulnerable group who rely on people like Ms Malden to be honest about what they do and to assist them to improve their community.” YWCAC is a charitable organisation run by the Aboriginal women of Yuendumu and owns a large community store and provides services primarily to women and families.
Mr Beven said: “Senior staff hold important positions of trust in Aboriginal corporations. Ms Malden abused that position of trust for her own benefit and the Aboriginal women and families of Yuendumu suffered as a result. I am committed to taking action to ensure high standards from those in such positions of trust.”
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions prosecuted the matter.
Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations