Grocer accused of insurance fraud to 'cover his costs'

A MACLEAN grocer is accused of paying out more than $720,000 in false insurance claims to himself during his time as a loss adjustment officer in Coffs Harbour and Grafton regions.

Andrew John Oaten, a father of two, was arrested at his Grafton St home last month and is currently on bail ahead of his next court date.

Police allege that between May 2006 and October, 2010, Oaten issued more than 155 Suncorp domestic insurance payment recommendations for a "N" or Neville Sanders in circumstances where no actual building services had been provided.

Court documents reveal the ABN provided to Suncorp on the recommendations was linked to a Yamba clothing store owned by Oaten's sister-in-law.

The payments were then allegedly drawn under Oaten's assumed name and delivered to his Grafton post office box.

It will be further alleged Oaten told police he used the money to "cover his living costs, holidays and renovations to his property".



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