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Pair charged over alleged NSW union fraud

AAP logoAAP 17/11/2016

A former NSW union official will face a Sydney court accused of misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in branch funds.

A man and a woman were arrested in Sydney's west on Thursday and charged with fraudulently obtaining more than $870,000 from the NSW branch of the National Union of Workers (NUW).

The arrests were made by NSW and federal officers from the Trade Union Joint Police Taskforce established in January in response to the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

The pair allegedly misused union credit cards and made fraudulent electronic transfers and withdrawals from union accounts.

It's also alleged they processed false invoices via a third party contractor who supplied services to the union.

The 45-year-old man has been charged with 24 fraud-related offences and two counts of participating in a criminal group. He was refused bail to face Penrith Local Court on Friday.

The 35-year-old woman is charged with 148 fraud-related offences and two counts of participating in a criminal group and has been bailed to appear before Mount Druitt Local Court next month.

The union issued a statement on Friday saying the branch had been co-operating with the police operation.

"Since January 2016 the NUW in NSW has had a new leadership team in place that is focused and committed to restoring proper governance, accountability and delivering improvements to the wages and conditions of our members," it said.

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