Bennet Springs man faces fraud charges after alleged IKEA swindle

IKEA warehouse stock image.
IKEA warehouse stock image.

A BENNET Springs man has been sprung for alleged fraudulent transactions of $23,000 worth of furniture from the Innaloo IKEA store.

A search warrant of 27-year-old man’s home uncovered the furniture, which was purchased with fraudulent cheques and returned for credit notes before the cheques bounced.

Scarborough Police officer in charge Senior Sergeant Glenn Dowding told the Stirling Times about $10,000 worth of furniture had been recovered.

“He would (allegedly) pay for goods with cheques that had no funds available, take the items back and get credit note for them to buy more furniture.

“The store cottoned on to this plan reasonably quickly when the cheques started bouncing.

“People tend not to get away with this type of fraud for very long.”

The man has been charged with two counts of fraud and will appear in court at a later date.