Perth recycling facility staff facing serious charges for 'trying to pocket money found in trash'

Daryna ZadvirnaThe West Australian
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson says recycling facility workers are facing ‘serious charges’ after cash was found mixed in with waste.
Camera IconPolice Commissioner Chris Dawson says recycling facility workers are facing ‘serious charges’ after cash was found mixed in with waste. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

Recycling facility staff who found tens of thousands of dollars in cash while sorting through waste are facing “serious” charges for pocketing some of the money.

Police said the discovery was made on April 12, when officers were called to the southern suburbs recycling centre after a report was received that approximately $1 million cash had been located amongst the recycling material the previous week.

Information received was that $50 and $100 notes appeared on one of the centre’s convener belts, however after further investigation it was established the amount actually totalled to just under $40,000.

Police were allegedly tipped off that staff had been encouraged to remain quiet about the discovery.

Several homes in the metropolitan area were raided as a result, with three staff members, including the supervisor of the centre charged by summons.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson this morning said the charges against the workers were “serious” but labelled the bizarre incident as “amazing”.

“There were large bills, notes that appeared on the conveyor belt,” he told 6PR.

“We’ll be alleging that one of the people there arranged for staff to stay quiet and just share the cash among themselves.

“What we’re also alleging is that those people should not have kept it quiet.

“But look it’s still an amazing story. I’m sure it’ll be making the rounds at not only that recycling facility but others.”

The 53-year-old female supervisor of the centre from Balga , 24-year-old Greenmount man and a 22-year-old Nollamara man will appear in court at a later date, each facing one count of possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property.

It is believed the majority of the cash taken by the staff members involved has been recovered, however the origin of the cash has not been established and the investigation is ongoing.

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