Police charge man with fraud – Southern Region

Man charged with fraud – Southern Region

Issued at 3.45pm, Friday 19 June 2020

A man has been charged after allegedly using false documents to obtain employment in regional New South Wales.

Detectives attached to Murrumbidgee Police District established Strike Force Widemere earlier this month to investigate reports an employee at a Coleambally business, south of Griffith, had allegedly used false documents to obtain his employment.

Following inquiries, investigators attended the business just after 8.15am yesterday (Thursday 28 June 2020), and arrested a 38-year-old man. He was taken to Griffith Police Station.

A search warrant was executed at a Coleambally home where officers allegedly located documents and electronic devices relevant to the investigation. These items were seized and will be forensically examined.

The man was charged with five counts of use false document to obtain financial advantage, three counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception and one count of make false document to obtain financial advantage.

Police will allege in court that the man used false documents to gain employment at a university in the Riverina between 2017 and 2018, and a telecommunications business at Tamworth in 2019.

He was refused bail and faced Wagga Wagga Local Court today (Friday 19 June 2020) where he was granted conditional bail to appear at Griffith Local Court on Wednesday 15 July 2020.

As inquiries continue, anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 00.

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