Maria Camarda loved having cash to burn.
She also had a penchant for designer clothing, famous footballers and, most of all, gambling.
But to fund her lavish lifestyle — which was well-documented online and included rubbing shoulders with West Coast Eagles stars and partying at clubs and in Las Vegas — the law firm office manager was siphoning millions of dollars from the dead.
Maria Camarda with Nic Naitanui.
For seven years, Camarda stole money from deceased estates held in a trust account at Fremantle firm Frank Unmack and Cullen to pay for her clothes, mortgage and her pathological gambling addiction.
She was jailed last year for 6½ years over the multimillion-dollar theft and now Camarda’s boss, the law firm’s principal Anthony Pass, is left to pick up the pieces — including a near $3 million lawsuit filed against him.
A writ was filed in the Supreme Court last week by the Legal Contribution Trust in a bid to recover the $2.8 million that was moved from the law firm’s accounts into Camarda’s pockets.