A MAN accused of defrauding a fundraising scheme to help drought-stricken farmers allegedly obtained personal information about a police officer who was investigating him, according to court documents.
Police say Shane James Worrall, 36, of Boolaroo, misappropriated funds from the donation appeal, Fill a Truck for Farmers, which he allegedly launched in August, to obtain a $140 tent, a $105 haircut and $175 worth of items from the Shaver Shop at Charlestown.
He is also accused of trying to intimidate both a woman who began asking questions about the expenditure of the funds and the police officer who began to investigate him.
Mr Worrall appeared in Belmont Local Court on Monday charged with three counts of dishonestly obtain property by deception relating to the tent, haircut and items from the Shaver Shop, intimidation, intimidating a police officer in execution of their duty, obtain personal information about a law enforcement officer with intent to harass and resisting arrest.
And since Mr Worrall’s arrest last month, investigators have also laid a charge of conducting a fundraising appeal without authority.
They allege that between August 1 and November 1 this year he “conducted a fundraising appeal without being the holder of an authority”. Mr Worrall did not enter any pleas on Monday and the matter was adjourned until January 21.
The Newcastle Herald reported in August that Mr Worrall had been collecting items as part of a Fill A Truck For a Farmer campaign and had organised a drop off point for donations at Speers Point Park.
“We’re going to take it to their doorstep,” Mr Worrall told the Herald at the time.
“The farmers I’ve spoken to haven’t had any relief whatsoever. They are the people I’m trying to get in contact with.”
But police received a complaint and then a woman involved in the donation scheme claimed she had been intimidated by Mr Worrall after she attempted to speak to him about the use of the funds.
We’re going to take it to their doorstep. The farmers I’ve spoken to haven’t had any relief whatsoever. They are the people I’m trying to get in contact with.Boolaroo man Shane Worrall told the Newcastle Herald in August.