Tuesday, May 28, 2024

72-year-old former mining company staffer charged with $1.9 million fraud

Financial Crimes Squad detectives have laid 136 charges against a 72-year-old former mining company employee over $1.9 million in alleged fraud offences.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Financial Crimes Squad, with assistance from Central West Police District, established Strike Force Curnuck to investigate reports of fraudulent offences committed against a mining company between 2009 and 2017.

“As part of investigations, detectives served a 72-year-old Huntley man with a Court Attendance Notice for 56 offences, including dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception and obtain money by deception (greater than $5000), on Monday 18 January 2021,” NSW Police said in a statement.

Police will allege in court that the man used his employment at a mining company to fraudulently obtain and use funds valued at more than $1.9 million.

The man is due to appear at Orange Local Court today, where detectives will lay an additional 80 fraud-related charges.

Investigations under Strike Force Curnuck are continuing.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Curnuck investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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