Man accused of fraud spree

A 30-year-old Perth man allegedly racked up a $180,000 bill while staying in a luxury suite at Crown Metropol, dining in the finest restaurants and driving around the city in a limousine as he spruiked an internet business that did not exist.

Anthony George Collie is facing dozens of charges over frauds of $425,000 that stemmed from his alleged activities that were uncovered by police last month.

Major fraud squad detectives interviewed Mr Collie on April 9 after raiding his suite at Crown Metropol - the luxurious Infinity room that costs about $6500 a night and comes with its own butler.

He was charged the following day with 14 counts of theft over offences allegedly committed between May 2009 and May 2010.

Police allege he redirected up to $5000 in funds from EFTPOS transactions while working for a recruitment firm that had been engaged by an unnamed State Government department.

Mr Collie is no longer engaged by the recruitment firm or the department.

On April 19, he was further charged with 35 counts of gaining benefit by fraud and two counts each of attempted theft and unlawful use of a computer.

The fraud offences relate to up to $270,000 in funds, including $180,000 that was allegedly spent at Crown using corporate credit cards fraudulently during his three-week stay from mid-March to April 9.

It is alleged he dined at exclusive restaurants including Rockpool and Nobu, gambled at the casino, hired limousines to tour the city and used the credit cards on entertainment.

The attempted theft and unlawful computer use charges related to his alleged efforts to access one victim's internet banking accounts to transfer up to $70,000 to his own accounts.

Mr Collie was refused bail when he appeared in Perth Magistrate's Court on April 20, and was further charged on Thursday with 47 counts of gaining benefit by fraud related to the internet business.

It is alleged he convinced two investors to pay him up to $80,000 so he could buy computer equipment. But the purchases were not made and the cash was used to finance his lavish lifestyle.

Mr Collie is due in court on Monday.

The West Australian

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