Charges over alleged fake buy, sell, swap exchanges

A MAN stands accused of making $30,000 from passing dud cheques and another $12,000 selling fake items on social media during a series of frauds across the Hunter and Sydney.

Port Stephens detectives arrested the 36-year-old man at a Salamander Bay licensed premises on Tuesday, where he was alleged to have been carrying two knives and three bags containing methamphetamine.

He was interviewed about a series of bounced cheques which had been used to buy electrical equipment, iPads and other items across the Hunter and Sydney.

It is alleged the bounced cheques totalled about $30,000 in goods. 

He is also alleged to have used Facebook 'buy, sell and swap' pages to sell non-existent camera gear and had received about $12,000.

The man was charged with five counts of obtain benefit by deception as well as theft, drug and knife offences.

He was refused bail to appear in Raymond Terrace Local Court on Wednesday.

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