A MAN has been charged with allegedly defrauding two hay traders near Tenterfield last year.
The 25-year-old was charged on Thursday, accused of a $30,000 fodder fraud in November.
Police claim that more than $30,000 worth of hay from two businesses was delivered to a property in Bolivia, about 29km south of Tenterfield, between November 10 and November 28.
Detectives will allege the hay was obtained under a false name and the man who placed the order failed to pay for the items.
New England police were alerted and launched an investigation. On Thursday they moved, arresting the 25-year-old man at Glen Innes police station just after 9am.
He was charged with two counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception.
The man was granted conditional bail and has been ordered to appear in Glen Innes Local Court in April.
On Thursday, rural crime detectives arrested and charged a 27-year-old man in Sydney in connection to an elaborate hay fraud that allegedly defrauded nine victims across the state.
Rural Crime Prevention Team Coordinator, Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside, urged landholders to report any suspicious activity or scams to police.
"Dealing with people and businesses that have proven to be genuine in the past is also encouraged to protect yourself against scammers," he said.
"I also encourage businesses, where possible, to ensure payment is made before delivering hay and other items to reduce the risk of fraud.
"Our officers need as much information as possible to investigate these crimes thoroughly and urge those with information that might assist our investigators to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000."