Ma­jor fraud charges

Lo­cal woman ar­rested over miss­ing $50k

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

A GAYN­DAH woman in her 30s will face mul­ti­ple fraud charges at Her­vey Bay Mag­is­trates Court on Novem­ber 23 af­ter Queens­land Po­lice un­cov­ered a se­ries of fraudulent trans­ac­tions.

Queens­land Po­lice were made aware of a num­ber of al­leged fraudulent trans­ac­tions oc­cur­ring at a num­ber of not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions in Gayn­dah, Sergeant Josh Ryan said.

“An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­ducted and as­cer­tained that al­most $50,000 had been fraud­u­lently re­moved from two or­gan­i­sa­tions within Gayn­dah over a pe­riod of time,” Sgt Ryan said.

Spe­cial­ist po­lice were called in to as­sist in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“De­tec­tives from the Mary­bor­ough Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch have con­ducted a very thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Sgt Ryan said.

“This has in­cluded the ex­e­cu­tion of a num­ber of search war­rants on bank ac­counts, and they have sub­se­quently charged a 35-year-old fe­male from Gayn­dah with a num­ber of fraud of­fences.”

Sgt Ryan said this in­ci­dent should pro­vide a warn­ing to other busi­ness own­ers to be vig­i­lant with busi­ness trans­ac­tions.

“It’s a timely re­minder for all busi­nesses to en­sure they have ad­e­quate and ap­pro­pri­ate sys­tems in place to en­sure they do not be­come vic­tims of these of­fences,” Sgt Ryan said.

“I urge all busi­nesses within the lo­cal area to re­view their ac­count­ing prac­tices and if they no­tice any trans­ac­tions that are in­ap­pro­pri­ate or not au­tho­rised to con­tact po­lice im­me­di­ately.”

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