Man charged over drought cash claim

By Country News

A Queensland man has been accused of trying to falsely claim more than $60000 intended to help drought-stricken farmers.

The Cunnamulla man, 41, was charged with 41 charges, including five counts of fraud and 18 counts of forgery on December 6.

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries referred the matter to police last month alleging the man falsified documents to claim money under the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme.

Police said it was disappointing someone had allegedly tried to defraud the scheme while other farmers were genuinely doing it tough.

‘‘We take offences like this quite seriously as it has the potential to affect those who genuinely need and deserve this assistance,’’ Queensland police said.

The man is due to appear in St George Magistrates’ Court on January 22.