14 May 2021

Tuggeranong Vodafone store owner denies identity theft charges

| Albert McKnight
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A mobile phone store owner will fight charges related to alleged identity theft. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The owner of a Canberra mobile phone store has announced he will fight numerous identity theft-related charges.

In March, ACT Policing said investigators had laid 69 charges in relation to an identity theft investigation that began in 2020.

Mohid Arora, 33, is now facing 67 counts of obtaining a financial advantage by deception and two counts of possessing stolen property.

“Police allege the man stole identity documents he had access to as the owner of the Tuggeranong Vodafone store,” an ACT Policing spokesperson said in March.

“To date, police have identified 83 victims.”

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Mr Arora appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Friday (14 May) where his lawyer, Amelia Gordon from Paul Edmonds & Associates, who was appearing as an agent for One Group Legal in Sydney, entered pleas of not guilty to all 69 charges and asked for the matter to be sent to trial.

Magistrate Glenn Theakston committed the charges to the Supreme Court. Mr Arora will appear in the court at a later date.

The charge of obtaining a financial advantage by deception carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.

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