Rural crime: Charges laid after farmers allegedly defrauded of $86,000 worth of feed

COURT DAY: Charges have laid after farmers allegedly defrauded of $86,000 worth of feed. Photo: FILE
COURT DAY: Charges have laid after farmers allegedly defrauded of $86,000 worth of feed. Photo: FILE

A MAN will reappear in court on Monday charged following an investigation into the fraudulent sale and delivery of more than $86,000 worth of livestock feed.

In January 2019, the Rural Crime Prevention Team commenced an investigation, following reports of fraud offences relating to the sale and delivery of hay and grain to various farmers in the Dubbo, Wellington, Yass Valley, Moulemein and Parkes areas.

Following extensive inquiries, investigators arrested a 34-year-old Parkes man at Dubbo Police Station on Thursday, March 28.

He was issued a Future Court Attendance Notice for 10 counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception.

Police will allege in court that the man, operating a registered transport business, failed to deliver hay and grain and/or defrauded sub-contractors in the delivery of hay and grain, valued at more than $86,000, which had been purchased by farmers.

The man appeared at Parkes Local Court on Monday, May 20, where he was granted conditional bail to appear the same court today, Monday, June 3.

As investigations continue, anyone with information is urged to come forward.

Anyone with information about fraudulent activity or other rural crime is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.