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
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...
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
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