'A New Level Of Low': Man Accused Of Scamming Battling Farmers With Discounted Hay
An alleged scammer will face court, accused of ripping off battling farmers in drought-stricken communities across New South Wales.
Police allege the 27-year-old man had been advertising hay bales on social media for a discounted price, taking a deposit, but not delivering the product.
Officers said they are aware of at least nine victims who have lost $30,000 combined.
NSW Police Detective Inspector Cameron Waterside said the alleged crime "hit a new level of low".
"Since the arrest we have uncovered further alleged victims in NSW and also one in the state of Queensland.
"I am confident that there are more (victims) out there and we're determined to speak to everyone and put these notes before the court and resolve them."
Police had received reports of victims in the Mid North Coast, the Hunter Valley, the Southern Highlands, the Hills, and the Oxley, Nepean, and Port Stephens areas.
On Thursday they executed a search warrant at Villawood and arrested a 27-year-old man.
He was taken to Fairfield Police Station.
Det Insp Waterside said the investigation was ongoing.
"We've seized a number of items from a Villawood address, which we are examining," he said.
"That includes electronic equipment we will forensically examine to establish if anyone else was involved."
The alleged scammer is scheduled to appear in Fairfield Local Court today.