Man charged with intimidation and fraud offences after fundraising scheme complaint, NSW

A man will face court next month after being charged with fraud and intimidation offences in the Lake Macquarie area, NSW Police say.

Police from Lake Macquarie Police District received a complaint about a fundraising scheme established in July 2018 to benefit drought-stricken farmers.

A donation event was held to raise money and collect goods at a park near Newcastle.

Following the event, police will allege a member involved in the scheme attempted to speak to the organiser about the expenditure of funds and was intimidated.

It will also be alleged personal items were purchased with some of the money raised.

During the course of the investigation, a senior constable was allegedly harassed.

Following inquiries, about 8am today (Friday 9 November 2018), detectives attended a home on Fourth Street, Boolaroo, and arrested a 36-year-old man after he attempted to flee.

He was taken to Belmont Police Station and charged with seven offences including dishonestly obtain property by deception (x3), stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm, intimidate police officer in execution of duty, obtain personal information about officer, and resist officer in execution of duty.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Belmont Local Court on Wednesday 5 December 2018.

Investigations are ongoing.

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