A woman has been charged after allegedly dishonestly obtaining about $124,000 from a family member in Gunnedah.

Between February 2017 and October 2018, a 46-year-old woman was given power of attorney over an 84-year-old Gunnedah man’s financial affairs.

Officers from Oxley Police District allege the woman transferred funds from the man’s account into her own account and used the money for personal use.

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The allegations were reported to Gunnedah Police and an investigation commenced.

On Wednesday February 12 2020, a 46-year-old woman attended Newcastle Police Station, where she was arrested.

The woman, from Cameron Park, has now been charged with dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception.

She’s been granted bail to appear in Gunnedah Local Court on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

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Acting Police Inspector Scott Bolton is urging the community to take care during storms and avoid floodwater.

Acting Insp. Bolton warned people not to get too close to flooded creeks and rivers, and stressed the importance of observing road closure signs.

“Stay out of places you shouldn’t be, don’t drive through floodwater – just don’t risk it,” he said.

Of course, Acting Insp. Bolton acknowledged the excitement that comes with receiving much-needed rainfall but said people just needed to be cautious.

He said there was a recent incident where people who were travelling in a vehicle along Bald Hill Road at night became “trapped” and surrounded by water, and couldn’t get out.

Acting Insp. Bolton said the vehicle was on a “dry island” so the driver and passengers weren’t at risk but it was difficult for rescue crews to get to them.

They were eventually helped to dry land.

“If you find yourself in rapid water there are two likely outcomes.

“One is that you get rescued at great expense and you also put the safety of our volunteers and rescue workers at great risk.

“Or two, the police will be pulling your dead body out of the water,” warned Acting Insp. Bolton.

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Police are investigating a vehicle break-in on Barwan Street, that’s believed to have happened between 9pm on February 8 and 6am on February 9.

“Persons entered a vehicle, stole $20 in coins, a gold wedding band and a pair of Tommy Hilfiger prescription sunglasses,” alleged Acting Insp.
Scott Bolton.

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Police are also investigating an attempted break-in on Barwan Street, on February 8 between 10pm and 6am.

Acting Insp. Bolton said it’s believed “an unknown person attempted to enter the location by removing the flyscreen but no entry was gained, maybe they got disturbed.

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. Narrabri Police Station (02) 6792 7199.

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