Corrimal man charged over alleged fraud offences relating to Covid relief payments

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A CORRIMAL man has been charged by police over alleged fraud offences relating to COVID-19 relief payments last year.

Investigations began in October 2021 into claims made to Service NSW for COVID-19 Business Relief Grants and Test and Isolate payments. Police will allege payments were made in 11 different names, totalling more than $44,700.

Following extensive inquiries, officers attached to South Coast Police District’s Proactive Crime Team – with assistance from South East Region Enforcement Squad (SERES) – executed two search warrants at homes on St Andrews Place, Corrimal and Paperbark Street, Albion Park Rail, from 8am Friday, January 14 2022.

A 31-year-old man was arrested at the Corrimal home.

During searches of the properties, police seized a motorcycle – allege to be the proceeds of crime – as well as mobile phones, laptops and prohibited drugs.

The man was taken to Wollongong Police Station, where he was charged with dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, and publish etc false misleading material to obtain advantage. He was granted strict conditional bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court today (Wednesday, March 2, 2022).

Inquiries continue.

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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