Police charge man with cattle fraud in New England region

Police have charged a 52-year-old Inverell man with fraudulent cattle sales totalling more than $192,000 following a nine month investigation.

In April 2019 police from the New England Rural Crime Prevention Team investigated allegations cattle had been fraudulently sold to abattoirs with altered identifiers.

About 200 cattle, which were owned by a finance company, allegedly had their National Livestock Identification Scheme ear tags replaced and were sold directly to abattoirs in Inverell and Dinmore, Qld between January and March last year.

These sales totalled more than $192,000.

In July, the Rural Crime Prevention Team and Queensland Police Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) executed warrants at Bingara and Goondiwindi properties, where several hundred cattle were mustered and examined.

The man is due to appear before Moree Local Court on March 9.