'No customers caught in $4.2m post fraud'

New South Wales and Australian Federal Police raided the post office on Kent Street at Millers Point yesterday afternoon, seizing documents and arresting the 43-year-old licensee. He was charged with a range of offences including defrauding the Commonwealth or a public authority, and theft… Police believe the alleged incident is the biggest fraud in Australia Post history.

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August 12, 2009

'No customers caught in $4.2m post fraud'

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AUSTRALIA Post says customers of a Sydney post office weren't affected in an alleged scam involving $4.2 million worth of stamps and envelopes, believed to be the country's largest ever postal fraud.

New South Wales and Australian Federal Police raided the post office on Kent Street at Millers Point yesterday afternoon, seizing documents and arresting the 43-year-old licensee.

He was charged with a range of offences including defrauding the Commonwealth or a public authority, and theft.

"It will be alleged the man was defrauding Australia Post in regards to monies paid to him for the alleged sales of postage stamps and envelopes sold through the branch,'' police said.

Australia Post said it was important to emphasise no members of the public had been defrauded.

"Australia Post was the only victim in these alleged fraud matters. No customers were affected,'' spokesman Scott McIntyre said.

"Australia Post Corporate Security Group are working closely with police in relation to the matter involving licensees at Millers Point licensed post office and will continue to do so throughout the investigation.

"Australia Post has a zero tolerance policy for matters involving fraud and has a 100 per cent referral rate to the Commonwealth DPP.''

Police believe the alleged incident is the biggest fraud in Australia Post history.

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