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Woman charged after allegedly defrauding vulnerable community member

Friday, 09 December 2022 11:54:09 AM

Police have charged a woman following an investigation into the alleged defrauding of an elderly woman in the state’s south.

Officers attached to The Hume Police District commenced an investigation last month following reports an 87-year-old woman with dementia had been defrauded.

Following inquiries, a 51-year-old woman was arrested at Yass Police Station, about 7.15pm on Wednesday (7 December 2022) where she was charged with dishonestly obtain property by deception, and goods in custody.

It will be alleged in court the younger woman was caring for the elderly woman in an aged care facility in Yass. She allegedly used the woman’s debit card in NSW and ACT over a 12-month period, with charges totalling $23,000.

The woman was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Yass Local Court on Friday 16 December 2022.

The aged care facility is working with police to determine if other persons in care have been defrauded.

Anyone with information about suspected fraudulent activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.