6 February 2020

Former Gungahlin United president charged with stealing from club

| Dominic Giannini
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ACT Magistrates Court

The man will face court today on 109 charges. Photo: File.

Former Gungahlin United Football Club (GUFC) president, Aaron Alexander, has been charged with fraud after allegedly stealing at least $112,000 from the club.

The GUFC executive and club volunteers initiated an investigation in early 2018 against the 48-year-old after identifying several red flags, the club said.

An official complaint was made to ACT Policing in early 2019, and police executed search warrants and arrested Mr Alexander yesterday.

He has been charged with 109 counts of obtaining property by deception exceeding $112,000 and further charges are expected to be laid. Police believe he acted alone.

“As this is an ongoing matter to ensure the integrity of the case, GUFC is unable to comment further at this time. We would like to stress, however, that the charges are against an individual and not the club,” a GUFC spokesperson said.

“We would like to commend the leadership shown by several individuals within the club who raised concerns and who have spent considerable time pursuing this case on behalf of all members.”

He was denied bail at the ACT Magistrates Court this morning because of the extent of his alleged offences, and the fact he told police what appeared to be a false address Magistrate John Lawton said.

Mr Alexander will return to court on 13 February.

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