Two men arrested and charged with defrauding elderly residents

Detectives investigating multiple fraud offences targeting elderly people across the state have arrested and charged two men.

Strike Force Thurlagoona was launched by officers from Burwood Local Area Command to investigate the offences, which have taken place between June and August this year and are believed to be linked.

Strike force detectives will allege two men, posing as tradespeople, approached elderly residents and offered to repair their roof or parts of their home.


After the residents paid money, the work wasn’t completed.

It’s further alleged on multiple occasions the residents, who often lived alone, were driven to their local bank by the men to withdraw cash.

The offences took place across the state; however, detectives from Burwood Local Area Command formed the strike force after multiple incidents took place within the local area.

Following inquiries, a man was arrested by strike force detectives at his West Pymble home on Friday 21 August 2015.

The 24-year-old was taken to Ryde Police Station where he was charged with aggravated break and enter (two counts); fraud; and larceny.

He was bail refused and is next due to appear at the Penrith Local Court on Friday 28th August 2015.

Following further inquiries, a 25-year-old man was arrested at Newcastle Police station this morning.

The Wilberforce man was charged with 19 offences:

– Aggravated break and enter (five counts);
– Dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception (11 counts);
– Deal with identity information;
– Disqualified driving; and
– Participate in criminal group

He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Wednesday 26 August 2015).