A GUNNEDAH saleyards contractor has been charged with fraud after allegedly incorrectly invoicing the processing of 59,000 head of cattle and pocketing $35,000 more than he was entitled to.
Rural Crime Investigators from the Oxley Police District had been investigating allegations of fraud offences committed by the 37-year-old Curlewis man who worked as contractor at the saleyards over a five year period.
During this time the contractor was responsible for the receiving of cattle consigned to the Gunnedah saleyards and placing into pens for sale.
The man was required to take delivery of sold cattle once they were weighed and deliver them into buyers’ holding yards for pickup and delivery. A paint brand was then added to cattle for identification at abattoirs or feedlots.
Gunnedah Stock and Station Agents Association was billed for the contractor’s delivery and branding costs each week at an agreed cost per head.
Yesterday Rural Crime Investigators issued the man with five counts of fraud to appear at the Gunnedah Local Court on April 2.
The Gunnedah Stock and Station Agents Association declined to comment about the investigation when contacted by The Land.