‘False bids’ for farm aid

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

A CUNNAMULLA man has been ac­cused of try­ing to falsely claim more than $60,000 in­tended to help drought­stricken farm­ers.

The man, 41, was charged with 41 charges, in­clud­ing five counts of fraud and 18 counts of forgery.

The De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries re­ferred the mat­ter to po­lice last month al­leg­ing he fal­si­fied doc­u­ments to claim money un­der the Drought Re­lief As­sis­tance Scheme.

Po­lice said it was dis­ap­point­ing that some­one had al­legedly tried to de­fraud the scheme while other farm­ers were gen­uinely do­ing it tough in the drought.

“We take of­fences like this quite se­ri­ously, as it has the po­ten­tial to af­fect those who gen­uinely need and de­serve this as­sis­tance,” Queens­land po­lice said.

The man is due to ap­pear in St Ge­orge Mag­is­trates Court on Jan­uary 22, 2019.

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