Man charged over alleged bushfire and COVID-19 relief fraud worth $550,000 - Emu Plains

Monday, 01 November 2021 12:57:39 PM

A man will face court today charged following an investigation into alleged fraudulent offences valued at over $550,000.

Earlier this year, officers attached to Nepean Police Area Command established Strike Force Landa after reports a man had allegedly accessed fraudulent payments from various charitable organisations and NSW Government disaster relief payment schemes, designed for victims of bushfire and COVID-19.

During the investigation, detectives identified that between February and October 2020 the man allegedly lodged a number of fraudulent payment applications worth over $550,000 – with $85,500 of the applications successful.

Following extensive inquiries, about 7am today, (Monday 1 November 2021), police arrested a 36-year-old man at an address on Pellatt Place, Emu Plains.

The man was taken to St Marys Police Station, where he was charged with 28 counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage etc by deception (Attempt), and 13 counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage etc by deception (Actual).

Police will allege in court, the man made 31 fraudulent applications to NSW Government relief schemes totalling $500,998; four of those applications worth $33,000 were granted. The additional $52,500 was fraudulently obtained through applications to three charitable organisations.

He was refused bail to appear at Penrith Local Court today.

Anyone with information about this incident 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.