18 November 2023

Man accused of defrauding Canberra businessman to tune of $4.1 million

| Claire Fenwicke
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Police arrested the 56-year-old Kaleen man on Friday (17 November). Photo: Claire Fenwicke.

A Kaleen man has been charged with 183 offences over an alleged fraud from a Canberra businessman that took place over a three-year period.

The alleged offending only came to light after a family member who jointly took over the business’s operations informed police about a series of suspicious payments.

Police said they found that significant payments had been made to entities controlled by the 56-year-old or to cash.

Further forensic examinations of his accounts allegedly found corresponding transactions made into accounts the Kaleen man controlled, including his home loan account, credit card accounts and transaction accounts.

It’s been alleged this offending took place between 2016 and 2019, totalling $4.1 million.

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Police executed a search warrant at the man’s Kaleen home on Friday (17 November), and he was subsequently arrested near his place of work.

He’s been charged with 179 counts of obtaining property by deception, two counts of attempting to obtain property by deception, one count of conducting a transaction to avoid threshold reporting requirements and one count of money laundering.

A restraint order has been issued over the man’s Kaleen home, meaning it has been seized.

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or on the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 6444332. Information can be provided anonymously.

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