Organiser of drought relief fundraiser accused of spending the money raised on himself

A MAN who held a community event to raise money for drought-stricken farmers has been charged by police after allegedly keeping the money and spending it on himself.

The 36-year-old man was arrested after police received a complaint from a person involved in the fundraiser, which was held in a park near Newcastle in July.

Following the event, it’s alleged the person who later contacted police was intimidated by the organiser after asking them where the raised money was going.


It’s alleged the 36-year-old organiser used the money to purchase a number of personal items.

It’s further alleged the man harassed a senior constable during the course of the investigation.

He was arrested at his home on Fourth Street in Boolaroo early on Friday morning and taken to Belmont Police Station where he was charged with a long list of offences.

Among the charges are three counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception and one count of stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm.

The man was also charged with intimidating a police officer in the execution of duty, obtaining personal information about an officer, and resisting an officer in the execution of duty.

The 36-year-old was released on bail and will appear in Belmont Local Court next month.

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