Man accused of taking more than $400k from disabled colleague

A man is due to appear in court today after being extradited from Western Australia to face charges of allegedly coercing a vulnerable colleague into giving him more than $400,000.
Police in Sydney began their investigation in 2020 after receiving reports a 58-year-old man with an intellectual disability was defrauded of a large sum of money.

Police will allege the man was befriended by a work colleague who took him to a bank several times between November 2014 and January 2016 and coerced him into withdrawing money from his account.

The man was extradited from Western Australia. He is shown here arriving at Sydney airport. (NSW Police)

The man became aware that more than $435,000 had been withdrawn from his account in early 2020 and reported the matter to police.

Detectives arrested a 52-year-old man from a home in Kelmscott, a suburb in southeast Perth on Monday. 

The man appeared in the Armidale Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, where detectives successfully applied for his extradition.

A 52-year-old man is accused of taking more than $400,000 from a vulnerable colleague.
A 52-year-old man is accused of taking more than $400,000 from a vulnerable colleague. (NSW Police)

He was escorted back to New South Wales yesterday and taken to Mascot Police Station, where he was charged with an outstanding warrant for the offences of knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, and dishonestly obtain financial advantage etc by deception.

The man was refused bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court today.

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