Charged over money exchange attack

CHARGES have been laid almost two years after a man was bashed and threatened with a firearm during a private currency exchange in Auburn.

The 26-year-old man had organised the private currency exchange on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, about 4.45pm, via social media, and after attending a meeting on Dartbrook Road and handing over cash, he was allegedly threatened with a firearm and assaulted by a group.
He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital in a stable condition.
Police arrested a 38-year-old man last week and he was charged with larceny value greater than $15,000, take or detain person in company with intent to obtain advantage, use offensive weapon in company with intent to commit indictable offence and assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company of others.
Auburn Commander, Detective Superintendent Simon Glasser, reminded the public to use the services of bona fide financial institutions if you need to exchange currencies.
“If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” was his warning.
“Do not share bank account or credit card details or personal identity information with anyone unless you can verify their identity.
“If your instincts tell you it’s not right, stop and think before making a payment. There are no get-rich-quick-schemes,” he said.
Anyone with information about this or other similar incidents, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or