A Tasmanian man has been charged after allegedly defrauding businesses from the Gold Coast to Cairns over the last seven years.
Queensland Police allege the man attended a number of businesses in the Greater Cairns Region from Sunday to Tuesday and convinced them to provide him with money under false pretences before fleeing.
Investigators were able to obtain very good quality CCTV footage and images of the man’s alleged actions before arresting him at a licensed premises in Badinba yesterday.
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The 39-year-old was taken into custody and has since been charged with 21 offences including 16 counts of fraud, four counts of stealing and one count of attempted fraud.
These charges relate to not only the recent offences but others that allegedly occurred between the Gold Coast and Cairns since 2014.
The man was refused bail, remains in police custody and is scheduled to appear at the Cairns Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Queensland Police believe there are many other victims in the community that have not yet contacted them.
“We are urging anyone who may have become a victim of a stealing or fraud-related offence to contact police immediately,” Queensland Police said in a statement.
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.