Thursday, December 9, 2021

Two NSW men arrested for making false COVID-19 ‘JobSaver’ applications

Two NSW men have been charged as investigations continue into alleged fraudulent COVID-19 grants and drug supply offences on the Central Coast.
Detectives yesterday raided a home in Mardi, 70 kilometres south of Newcastle, and arrested a 30-year-old man accused of making numerous false COVID-19 ‘JobSaver’ applications.
During the search, detectives seized nearly 2.4kg of cannabis leaf, as well as documentation and electronic devices, which police will forensically examine.
Police will allege the man submitted fraudulent COVID-19 ‘JobSaver’ and business grant applications and facilitated fraudulent applications on behalf of others.
It will also be alleged he supplied prohibited drugs including methylamphetamine (ice) and gamma-Hydroxybutyric (GHB) across the state’s Central Coast in September this year.
After the search and arrest, officers went to a home at nearby Wattanobi and arrested a second man.
The man, aged 39, was charged with dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception and give false information person or property in danger.
Police will allege in court the man falsely claimed he had tested positive for COVID-19, subsequently forcing the closure of multiple businesses on the state’s Central Coast last month.
The Mardi man was charged with 14 offences, including dishonestly obtain property by deception, supply prohibited drug, supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis and deal in identification info and use it to commit fraud.

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