Police charge Shark official with fraud


THE celebrations of the Port Macquarie Sharks after their victory in the Group 2 grand final have turned sour.

On Wednesday Port Macquarie police charged an unnamed Sharks committee member with fraudulently taking club funds.

Sources have revealed that the sum involved wouldn't leave much change from $20,000.

Police refused to confirm or comment on the investigation other than to say that a Port Macquarie man had been charged with fraud offences on a Port Macquarie football club.

Long-time club official Les Murphy is like the rest of the club and is still trying to come to grips with what has occurred.

"Shock is all I can say," was his first reaction.

"I've known the guy for many years and I can't believe it and Phil (club president Phil Langsford) can't believe it either. We're all totally shocked.

"I don't know if the bloke has a gambling problem or what the problem is but what happened is someone picked up a small amount that went missing, we challenged the guy and he admitted what what he was doing.

"We're totally shocked but the football club is taking a stand. This has happened to us in the past and we're sick of being ripped off so we've taken a stance that in the future any person who does this will be reported to the police."

The Sharks held a committee meeting last night where club accountants tried to put a final figure on the amount of funds that have been misappropriated.

A formal statement from both the club and police is expected this afternoon.

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