Police swoop after alleged car sale fraud

Kim Treasure 27 March 2021

A 36-year-old Gungahlin man, who allegedly bought a vehicle privately but never transferred the purchase price, has been charged with a number of offences following the execution of a search warrant on Friday night (26 March 2021).

Police went to an apartment building in Gungahlin on Friday night after a tip-off that the vehicle that was allegedly fraudulently obtained earlier in the week was parked there.

Earlier the victim reported that following the sale of her vehicle last week, the funds purported to have been transferred to her never arrived.

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Police sought search warrants and early Saturday morning located the vehicle in an apartment complex carpark and an unregistered firearm in an upstairs apartment.

A 36-year-old Gungahlin resident was charged with obtaining property by deception, unauthorised possession of a firearm and driving while disqualified. The man will also face court for unrelated warrants.

He is expected to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on Saturday.

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Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 6761621. Information can be provided anonymously.

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