Two from Qld and NSW face fraud charges

A former Queensland public servant and a director of a Sydney-based construction company are facing fraud charges following a corruption investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

The CCC will allege the former employee of The Public Trustee of Queensland used his position to dishonestly obtain $42,000.

The CCC will further allege the payments were made by the director of a construction company after he received favourable treatment by the former employee of The Public Trustee.

The Public Trustee notified the CCC in July 2015 of allegations of corrupt conduct and has fully assisted the CCC with its investigation.

It is important to note that the CCC will not allege any money misappropriated were funds held by The Public Trustee on behalf of their clients.

The former public servant, a 53-year-old Perth man, was arrested by Western Australia Police on behalf of the CCC on Tuesday 5 April. He appeared in a Perth court on 6 April and was extradited to Queensland.

He appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 8 April to face one count of fraud and one count of uttering a forged document. He is expected to reappear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on 9 May.

On 29 April, a 43-year-old Sydney man was arrested by New South Wales Police on behalf of the CCC. He was charged with one count of fraud. He was bailed on the condition he appears in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today 3 May.

The CCC’s investigation remains ongoing. As this matter is now before the court, the CCC is unable to comment further.

Hundreds of stolen sheep found grazing on farm in NSW Riverina

Two men aged 85 and 64 are expected to be charged after hundreds of stolen sheep were allegedly found on their farm in the New South Wales Riverina region.

According to police, a 56-year-old man first noticed more than 600 merinos missing from his property on Cattles Lane in Callen, around 30 kilometres outside of West Wyalong, on Friday 1 April.

The farmer reported the incident to police who, around 11.45am that same day, attended a rural property on Merrengreen Road in Callen, around a dozed kilometres away from the 56-year-old man’s Cattles Lane property, and spoke with two men aged 85 and 64.

Rural crime investigators from Griffith, Wagga Wagga and Cootamundra executed a search warrant at the Merrengreen Road property and seized a total of 1130 sheep.

On Monday 4 April, investigators conducted a drafting process of the seized sheep and of the 1130 animals, 607 were identified as belonging to the 56-year-old man.

Police say investigations into the alleged theft are continuing and the two men from the Merringreen Road property are expected to be charged.

Actor Chris Hemsworth’s ‘daddy dilemma’

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth has a daddy dilemma.

The hunky Thor star appeared on Ellen this week.  He revealed two-year-old twin boys Tristan and Sasha and four-year-old India, get along most of the time.

Hemsworth told host Ellen De Generes his daughter wants to be more like her brothers.

When asked what she meant, he told Ellen his daughter replied “you know the things in between their legs”.

The actor, who’s relocated to Byron Bay in northern New South Wales with wife Elsa Pataky who he married in 2010, said he was lost for words.

But he finally told his daughter “You know what, you can be whatever you want to be”.

And she simply said “thanks, dad!” and ran back to the playground.

Crime scene set up after stabbing

A crime scene has been set up on the New South Wales south coast and a man arrested following a stabbing.

Police were called to a caravan park in Lake Conjola shortly after 9pm on Monday, amid reports two women had been stabbed.

They found a 25-year-old woman with injuries to her buttocks, legs, arms and head.

A second woman, aged 37, was also found with wounds to her head and hands.

Both women were treated at the campsite before being taken to Shoalhaven Hospital where they are both stable.

It’s believed the injuries were caused by a machete.

Based on information they gathered, Police located and followed a white Nissan Van that was headed north on the Princes Highway, Tomerong, about 9.20pm

But they pulled out of the pursuit when the driver allegedly started driving erratically and speeding.

About 9.40pm, officers located the vehicle crashed into a tree on the Princes Highway at Nowra Hill.

The 31-year-old male driver was treated at the scene before being taken to Shoalhaven Hospital with internal injuries.

He has since been transferred to St George Hospital for further treatment.

His injuries are not considered life-threatening. He remains under police guard.

A crime scene has been established at the caravan park and the crash site while further investigations take place by detectives from Nowra.

Alleged teen drug dealers arrested in vehicle stop on NSW Central Coast

Two alleged teenage drug dealers have been arrested following a vehicle stop on the New South Wales central coast.

Police said officers were patrolling Wyoming around 8.30pm on Friday when they stopped a blue Hyundai Excel on Henry Parry Drive and spoke with the 19-year-old male driver before searching the vehicle.

During the search, it’s alleged police found a quantity of cannabis leaf. An 18-year-old male passenger was also allegedly found to be in possession of a stash of cash.

Both men were arrested and officers raided a home on the Pacific Highway at Lisarow where it’s alleged more cannabis was found.

The men were taken to Gosford Police Station and each charged with supplying a prohibited drug and dealing with property suspected of being the proceeds of crime.

The due were granted conditional bail to appear at Gosford Local Court on Sunday.