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Additional fraud charge, Smithfield

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A 32-year-old Cairns North man who was charged earlier this month as a result of a fraud related investigation has been further charged.

It will be alleged a man purchased tools at a Smithfield hardware business on January 19 and paid for the items using a corporate card owned by his previous employer.

Smithfield detectives executed a search warrant at a Cairns North residence on Tuesday.

Items of interest were allegedly located and seized at the address.

Detectives had previously charged the man with similar offences allegedly committed in February this year, and it is alleged that subsequent investigations identified an earlier similar incident.

The man was issued with a notice to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court in September, where he is expected to face one count of fraud, in addition to fraud and property charges laid earlier this month.