Former mining employee charged with 136 offences over $1.9 million fraud

Financial Crimes Squad detectives have laid 136 charges against a former employee following an investigation into the alleged $1.9 million fraud of a mining company.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Financial Crimes Squad, with assistance from Central West Police District, established Strike Force Curnuck to investigate reports of fraudulent offences committed against a mining company between 2009 and 2017.

As part of investigations, detectives served a 72-year-old Huntley man with a Court Attendance Notice (CAN) for 56 offences, including dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception and obtain money by deception (greater than $5000), on Monday 18 January 2021.

Police will allege in court that the man used his employment at a mining company to fraudulently obtain and use funds valued at more than $1.9 million.

The man is due to appear at Orange Local Court today (Monday 1 March 2021), where detectives will lay an additional 80 fraud-related charges.

Investigations under Strike Force Curnuck are continuing.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Curnuck investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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