Man charged following major fraud investigation involving…cows

A MAN has been charged with fraud following a major investigation involving the sale of cattle in Queensland.

The investigation started after an ad to purchase cattle was placed in a rural newspaper last year.

Police say three cattle properties contacted the advertiser between April and June last year, all entering into contracts to supply Wagyu cattle.


“It will then be alleged the companies did not receive full payment for the sales agreed upon after supplying the cattle,” police said in a statement.

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A 65-year-old man from Evans Head has since been charged with two counts of fraud in excess of $1.5 million.

He’s due to appear at the Brisbane Magistrates Court on May 7.

Meanwhile, police are encouraging anyone else who may have responded to the pictured advertisement to contact them.

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