Former government employee charged with fraud

A 48-year-old Sydney man will appear in the Downing Centre Local court today (Tuesday 16 February) following an investigation into allegations of fraud.

It will be alleged in court that the man used his position in a government agency to unlawfully transfer more than $200,000 from a trust account.

The man was charged by Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers with theft from a Commonwealth Agency contrary to s131.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

This offence carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment.

In addition to this charge, on 12 January 2016, the Commissioner of the AFP obtained a restraining order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth) over specified property owned by the man.

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