Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Financial and Cyber Crime Group yesterday charged a man with fraud after he allegedly used money from a trust account.
Police will allege that between August 2013 and January 2015 the man, who was the guardian of the victim, misappropriated approximately $46,000.00 that had been left to the victim by a deceased relative.
Police commenced an investigation after receiving a complaint from the victim that money had been allegedly taken without his permission from his trust account. The victim was a child at the time the alleged offences were committed.
Detective Inspector Ben Fadian of the Financial and Cyber Crime Group urged the community to be vigilant to this type of offending.
“Misuse of trust account funds is a serious offence, and the alleged offending in this case is very concerning and a grave abuse of trust,” Detective Inspector Ben Fadian said.
“Our investigation and this arrest demonstrate the Queensland Police Service’s commitment to pursuing this type of alleged offending and those persons responsible.”
The 50-year-old Northgate man has been charged with one count of fraud and is expected to appear at the Brisbane Magistrates Court on March 5.