A third person has been charged following an investigation into alleged bushfire-related fraud on the NSW South Coast.
In March 2020, detectives from the NSW South Coast Police District started an investigation into a group of people suspected of fraudulently obtaining bushfire assistance payments from a number of charities.
Following extensive inquiries, NSW Police executed search warrants at two homes in Surf Beach on Thursday, 18 June, and subsequently arrested a 47-year-old man and 38-year-old woman, who were charged and remain before the courts.
Yesterday, police arrested a 45-year-old man at Batemans Bay Police Station following further inquiries. The man was charged with three counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception, three counts of supplying a prohibited drug, and a charge of domestic violence-related common assault.
Police will allege in court that the man went to a disaster recovery centre on three separate occasions in February this year, where he claimed to have lost his home and belongings in the Clyde Mountain bushfire. He received almost $25,000 in emergency grants after allegedly making the false claims to charitable organisations.
The man was granted conditional bail and is due to face Batemans Bay Local Court on Monday, 6 July 2020.
Police inquiries are continuing.