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Rural Crime detectives make a dent in cattle fraud investigation

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Rural Crime detectives have made a dent in a cattle fraud investigation across New South Wales and Queensland. 

On July 3, New England and Oxley Police District officers executed a crime scene warrant at a Bingara property - on the same day a simultaneous warrant was executed by the Queensland Police Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) at a property near Goondiwindi in Queensland.

Several hundred cattle were mustered and examined by officers over three days on both the Bingara and Goondiwini properties. 

Investigators also searched a rubbish tip on the Bingara property where they located and seized numerous items relating to the cattle fraud investigation. 

Ten cattle were seized at the Queensland property and 12 cattle were seized from the Bingara property under suspicion of having altered identifying features.

At the Bingara property a further 12 cattle were returned to nearby property owners, and 65 cattle were recovered and trucked out by a financier.

No charges have been laid at this time and investigations by the New England Rural Crime Prevention Team are continuing.

State Rural Crime Coordinator, Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside said "the Rural Crime Prevention Team is committed to disrupting those who continually prey on our rural communities".

"This is an example of bringing Rural Crime Investigators together across state boundaries,"

"Criminals need to know that our capability to respond to these crimes is forever increasing and they need to change their ways or face the Courts," Detective Inspector Whiteside said.

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