Man in court for defrauding deceased elderly man

A man will appear in court today charged over allegedly defrauding an elderly man, after he had died, in Sydney’s south.

In January 2023, officers attached to Campsie Police Area Command commenced an investigation after the relatives of a 73-year-old man, who passed away in August 2022, reported his debit card had allegedly been stolen and used fraudulently.

Following extensive inquiries, investigators arrested a 28-year-old man at a home in Punchbowl about 7am today (Wednesday 29 March 2023).

He was taken to Campsie Police Station, where he was charged with larceny and dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception.

Police will allege in court the 28-year-old man had cared for the 73-year-old man at an aged care facility in Brighton-Le-Sands and stole his debit card.

It will be further alleged the man used the card to pay for food, clothing, cigarettes, streaming services and public transport.

He was refused bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court today.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information about suspected fraudulent activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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