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Man Charged For Faking Cancer & Stealing $400K For Treatment

A NSW travel agent has faced court after faking a cancer diagnosis and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former employer for the treatment.

Tony Petrovski previously worked with Imperial China Tours in Sydney’s CBD between 2011 and 2016 when they discovered that he had lied about his illness. He is now a travel agent in Nowra.

The 43-year-old has been charged with five counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception over the theft of more than $400,000.

It’s alleged that while working for Imperial China Tours on King Street, Petrovski took 25 days of sick leave, telling his employers that he had cancer.

The company offered to help pay for the treatment but reportedly later found out that Petrovski was never actually sick. An audit also found that the employee had been taking the company money for himself.

Police have said that they have evidence of 82 unauthorised transactions adding up to $429,318.68 between Imperial China Tours and bank accounts in Petrovski’s name.

Petrovski appeared in Sydney’s Downing Centre local court yesterday but he did not enter a plea.

The court heard that this was a “complex fraud matter” and that the amount of evidence within this case could take weeks to sort through.

The next court appearance for Petrovksi will occur in July.

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