Man charged over NSW hay trade scam

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in NSW and accused of swindling hay bale traders.
A 25-year-old man has been arrested in NSW and accused of swindling hay bale traders.

A man has been arrested in far north NSW over a scam that left hay traders more than $30,000 out of pocket.

The 25-year-old was arrested at Glen Innes Police Station on Thursday morning and charged with two counts of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception.

Police said more than $30,000 worth of hay from two businesses was delivered to a far north NSW property in Bolivia, south of Tenterfield, in November.

It will be alleged the hay was ordered under a false name and the man who placed the order failed to pay.

The man is due to face the Glen Innes Local Court on April 15.

His arrest comes as a 27-year-old man is due to face a Sydney court accused of ripping off drought-stricken farmers who were desperate to buy cheap hay.

The man allegedly advertised lucerne hay bales on social media for a discounted price and took a deposit, but then failed to deliver the fodder as promised.

Police said they were aware of at least nine victims who had lost at least $30,000 combined.

It's not clear whether the two cases are linked.

The 27-year-old man was arrested in the western Sydney suburb of Villawood on Thursday morning and is scheduled to appear in Fairfield Local Court on Friday.

Australian Associated Press