DPP take charge of Corey Dean Ireland cattle fraud case

CASE ADJOURNED: Corey Dean Ireland is accused of a $2.5 million cattle fraud.
CASE ADJOURNED: Corey Dean Ireland is accused of a $2.5 million cattle fraud.

The case against a Riverina cattle breeder accused of defrauding farmers of more than $2.5 million has been taken over by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Corey Dean Ireland, of Kyeamba, was arrested in April following a police investigation into the suspected fraudulent sale and trading of cattle in the region.

Mr Ireland, 45, was charged with eight counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception. He is yet to enter pleas.

Police allege Mr Ireland on-sold cattle that didn't exist, were dead prior to purchase or had been on-sold without their knowledge.

The case was mentioned briefly in Wagga Local Court on Wednesday.

The court was told the DPP, which is responsible for prosecuting more serious offences that are traditionally heard in higher courts, would be taking carriage of the matter from police.

The case was adjourned until October to allow the brief of evidence, which the court heard was significant in volume, to be served.

Mr Ireland remains on bail.