Police charge man after defrauding Lake Macquarie clients in business scam

A man has been charged over the alleged use of an alias to gain financial advantage in the Lake Macquarie region.

In November 2019, detectives from Lake Macquarie Police District established Strike Force Corymbia to investigate alleged fraudulent offences committed by a 53-year-old man.

After extensive inquiries, police executed a search warrant at a home on Watson Street, Ellalong, about 15km south of Cessnock, where they arrested a 53-year-old man.

During the search, police located and seized a number of items including laptops and mobile phones.

He was taken to Cessnock Police Station and charged with dishonestly obtain financial advantage etc by deception, not specialist health practitioner take/use title as such and drive motor vehicle during disqualification period.

He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court later today (Friday 12 June 2020).

Police will allege the man used an alias and business to receive monies from clients and fraudulently obtained over $10,000.

Police will further allege the man promoted himself as a specialist doctor to clients.

Investigations under Strike Force Corymbia are ongoing. Anyone who may have information which could assist investigators is urged to come forward.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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