Woman charged over sob story fraud

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A woman has been charged with fraud offences after allegedly using made up stories to convince members of the public to give her money.

Officers from North West Metropolitan Region’s Operation Countdown recently launched an investigation after becoming aware of the instances occurring in Sydney’s west.

The incidents involved a woman approaching strangers in car parks across Nepean, Mt Druitt and The Hills Police Area Commands, claiming that her mother is sick in Newcastle Hospital and that she needed money for petrol and hospital parking.

There have been numerous reports of the woman approaching people in various Penrith car parks.

Following inquiries, about 11.30am yesterday, a 49-year-old woman was arrested at Penrith Police Station.

She was charged with ‘dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception’ and granted conditional bail to appear at Penrith Local Court on Tuesday, December 18.

Inquiries into the incidents continue, and further charges are likely.

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