Two charged over alleged theft and fraud of $594,000 from retail store - Financial Crimes Squad

Wednesday, 15 March 2023 06:02:20 AM

Financial Crime Squad detectives have laid 159 charges against two former employees of a retail store following an investigation into alleged fraud and stealing offences.

In October last year, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Financial Crime Squad’s Corporate Corruption Unit established Strike Force Gundle to investigate reports of financial fraud and theft at a retail store in Taren Point.

As part of ongoing inquiries, police executed search warrants at the homes of two former employees in West Hoxton and Calderwood on Friday 16 December 2022, seizing documentation and electronic devices for further examination.

Following extensive investigations, detectives arrested a 49-year-old woman at Lake Illawarra Police Station and a 46-year-old man at Liverpool Police Station on Wednesday 22 February 2023.

The woman was charged with 69 counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception and 55 counts of steal property as clerk/servant.

The man was charged with 35 counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception.

Police will allege in court that the man and woman obtained more than $594,000 from their employer.

It will be further alleged the money was obtained by way of fraudulent cheques and stolen cash between August 2020 and September 2022, and EFTPOS transactions between April 2012 and July 2019.

They were granted conditional bail, with the man to appear before Liverpool Local Court today (Wednesday 15 March 2023) and the woman before Port Kembla Local Court on Wednesday 22 March 2023.