Fraud charges at Innisfail

Detectives from Innisfail Criminal Investigation Branch have charged a 40-year-old Innisfail man with 70 offences following the closure of a protracted embezzlement and fraud investigation amounting to an estimated sum of up to $8 million.

Police will allege the man altered multiple invoices and documents whilst falsely representing himself as a company director to gain a financial benefit and other goods while employed by an international company.

On January 5, the 40-year-old Innisfail man was charged with 42 counts counts of fraud, two counts of attempted fraud (value over $100,000) and one count of fraud (value over $100,000). He was also charged with two counts each of stealing and obtaining or dealing with identification information.

This is in addition to 21 offences the same man was charged with in early September following a search warrant executed at a Fitzgerald Esplanade address on September 3, 2022.

The man was charged with 19 counts of fraud and two counts of obtaining or dealing with identification information.

The 40-year-old man allegedly falsified more than $150,000.00 in expenses from his employer for a period of approximately six months between January 2022 to July 2022, along with the alleged attempted fraud of just under $50,000 in August 2022.

He is due to appear before Innisfail Magistrates Court on February 6.