Two face court on fraud and drug charges

Cybercrime Squad detectives have charged two men as investigations continue into fraudulent COVID-19 grant applications and drug supply offences on the Central Coast.

A search of a home at Mardi on October 19 yielded nearly 2.4kg of cannabis leaf, as well as documentation and electronic devices, which will undergo further forensic examination.

A 30-year-old man was arrested at the scene and a second man, aged 39, arrested shortly after at Wattanobi.

The 30-year-old man was charged with 14 offences with police alleging he submitted fraudulent COVID-19 JobSaver and business grant applications and facilitated fraudulent applications on behalf of others.

It will be further alleged the man supplied prohibited drugs across the Coast in September.

He will appear at Wyong Local Court on November 2.

The other man was charged with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and giving false information (person or property in danger).

Police will allege in court the man falsely claimed he had tested positive for COVID-19, subsequently forcing the closure of multiple businesses in the region last month.

He will appear at Wyong Local Court on November 10.

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