Police charge woman after $250,000 bank fraud at Broken Hill

A woman has been charged after an investigation into fraudulent activity totalling approximately $250,000 at a bank in the state’s far west earlier this year.

In April 2020, the financial security group of an Australian bank began an investigation after 23 illegal withdrawals were allegedly made from an account between Tuesday 11 February 2020 and Thursday 12 March 2020.

Police were alerted to the suspected illegal bank transfers and commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries by Broken Hill detectives, a warrant was issued for the arrest of a woman, believed to have moved from NSW to Victoria.

About 4pm yesterday (Wednesday 9 December 2020), Victoria Police arrested a 33-year-old woman at a home on Wentworth Road, Yelta, near Mildura on the NSW/ Victoria border.

The woman appeared in Mildura Magistrates Court today (Thursday 10 December 2020) where NSW police sought her extradition, which was granted.

She was conveyed to Dareton Police Station where the NSW arrest warrant was executed, and the woman was charged with 25 counts of deal with identity information to commit indictable offence and 22 counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception.

The woman was refused bail and appeared in Wentworth Local Court today where she was granted conditional bail to reappear in Broken Hill Local Court on Tuesday 9 February 2021.

Police will allege the woman was employed as a teller at a bank branch in Broken Hill from 2018 where the transactions have originated.

Inquiries continue.

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