Man defrauds supermarkets of more than $40k through refund scam at Illawarra

A man has been charged following an investigation into a grocery refund scam in the Illawarra region.

Earlier this year (27 May 2019) a 34-year-old man allegedly attended supermarkets in Shellharbour, Dapto, Warrawong, Wollongong and Oatley, and returned bags of coffee and nicotine replacement gum for the purposes of fraudulently obtaining a cash refund.

Police allege the man stole more than 500 bags of coffee, nicotine replacement gum and other items to facilitate the fraudulent transactions.

The transactions and thefts amounted to a loss of more than $44,000 for the targeted grocery stores.

The matter was reported to Lake Illawarra Police District and an investigation commenced under the Anti-Theft and Tech Crime Unit.

Yesterday (Wednesday 20 November 2019), the man was charged with 53 counts of dishonestly obtain property by deception and larceny and issued a Future Court Attendance Notice.

The man was granted conditional bail and is due to face Port Kembla Local Court on 15 January 2020.

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