Police charge man over $2.7 million fraud against charity organisation

Strike Force Splint detectives have charged a man with 55 offences as part of an investigation into a multi-million-dollar fraud against a charity organisation.

In March 2017, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Financial Crimes Squad and Northern Beaches Police Area Command established Strike Force Splint to investigate the reported misappropriation of funds by a former senior employee of Surf Life Saving NSW.

As part of their investigations, detectives executed three search warrants in Sydney’s CBD and Parramatta and seized documentation.

Detectives also received large amounts of documents which underwent analysis by specialist forensic accountants.

Following extensive investigations, Strike Force Splint detectives arrested a 50-year-old man at Wollongong Police Station about 9am today (Wednesday 21 August 2019).

The man was charged with seven counts of obtain money by deception (greater than $15,000) and 48 counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception.

Police will allege in court that the man used his position as General Manager to defraud the organisation through various means to a total value of more than $2.7 million between 2006 and 2016.

The East Corrimal man has been granted strict conditional bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday 1 October 2019.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Splint investigators 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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