Man deceives woman into giving him about $100,000

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A BRADDON man, 52, allegedly gained a woman’s trust before telling her lies in order to receive money. 

He initially offered to paint street numbers on the driveway of the victim’s residence and once he gained her trust he told her of fictitious health difficulties of his children, and himself, and their requirement for ongoing medical care.

Between September 2016 and August 2017 the woman gave the man almost $100,000.

The man was arrested yesterday (August 9) and will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning.

He has been charged with seven counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception.

Police are aware of similar incidences in recent weeks of elderly and vulnerable people paying hundreds of dollars for street number painting and other basic housework throughout the ACT.

Police will be conducting further enquiries in relation to these matters but urge people to exercise care and caution with people who make unsolicited offers for similar services.

Anyone who has information in relation to people requesting money to paint street numbers or similar services, can report it to police by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000 or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

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