A Surf Beach man and woman, at separate addresses, have been charged following an investigation into bushfire-related fraud on Thursday, June 18.
About 8am, a 47-year-old man and 38-year-old woman were taken to Batemans Bay Police station where they were charged with fraudulently obtaining bushfire assistance payments from charities.
The investigation into a group of people suspected of fraud commenced in March.
Police alleged the group claimed in excess of $10,000 from charities and made further attempts to claim an additional $20,000.
South Coast Police District Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Scott Nelson said investigations would continue.
Detective Inspector Nelson said anyone convicted of such offences was "abhorrent".
"Preying on vulnerable members of the community and abusing the good will of others is absolutely abhorrent," he said.
"We will continue to investigate bushfire-related crime and take action against those who choose to do the wrong thing."
The woman was charged with five counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and the man was charged with two counts of the same.
Both were refused bail and are due to face Wollongong Local Court via video-link on Friday, June 19.
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