Police charge man over $8 million fraud against media network

Strike Force Hamment detectives have charged a man with eight offences as part of an investigation into a multi-million-dollar fraud against a media network.

In March 2017, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Financial Crimes Squad established Strike Force Hamment to investigate the misappropriation of funds totalling more than $8 million by a former employee of the network.

As part of their investigations, detectives received large amounts of documents which had undergone analysis by specialist forensic accountants.

Following extensive investigations, Strike Force Hamment detectives arrested a 57-year-old man at a home at Breakfast Point just before 8am today (Wednesday 24 July 2019).

The man was taken to Burwood Police Station and charged with two counts of misappropriation of money by agent, two counts of obtain money by deception (greater than $15,000), and four counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception.

Police will allege in court that the man, who was a senior employee at the network, created false invoices and transferred a total of more than $8 million into several bank accounts on more than 700 occasions between December 2002 and March 2016.

He has been refused bail to appear at Burwood Local Court tomorrow (Thursday 25 July 2019).

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Hamment 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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