Man in court after allegedly defrauding elderly mother of $1M

A man is due to appear in court today after allegedly defrauding his own elderly mother of more than $1 million.

Detectives from Financial and Cyber Crime Group, Crime and Intelligence Command allege the man, who lives in Melbourne, transferred over $1.145 million dollars from the Ashmore woman’s bank accounts into his own between 2014 and 2018.

Police allege that due to illness, the woman did not have the capacity to provide the man with permission to access the funds and that he never held the authority to lawfully access her finances.


Police also allege the man used his mother’s debit card to make over $150,000 in unauthorised purchases or withdrawals for his own use, leaving her account nearly empty.

The 64-year-old, who was arrested last month, is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today charged with one count of fraud greater than $100,000.

Detective Superintendent Lance Vercoe of the Financial and Cyber Crime Group said at the time that the alleged crime was “gut-wrenching”.

“In all of my 42 years of policing, I find these types of offences the most gut-wrenching and disturbing, that someone could treat their loved ones this way,” Detective Superintendent Vercoe said.

“I would recommend that the elderly and vulnerable never feel ashamed and to take control if this behaviour occurs and always reach out to a support person or friend”.