Wedding photographer accused of pawning high-end equipment denied bail

A wedding photographer charged over a string of alleged frauds involving the pawning of high-end photographic equipment worth $176,000 has been denied bail.

Mark David Jones, 47, appeared in Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday charged with nine counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception.

Police allege between July 2013 and May 2015, Mr Jones hired expensive high-end photographic equipment from a range of companies on at least nine occasions.

It’s alleged the Castle Hill man pawned the equipment shortly after hiring it, and through a range of methods deceived the hire companies into believing he was a genuine customer who was still in possession of the equipment.

The nine offences during this time amounted to more than $176,000, the court heard.

The court heard Mr Jones moved to Australia from the UK in 1992 and may still posses a UK drivers’ licence. However, Mr Jones told the court he no longer has a UK passport and would surrender his Australian passport if granted bail.

But the magistrate found he posed an “unacceptable risk” of failing to appear in court and refused bail, saying the charges are “extremely serious”. Mr Jones will appear in Central Local Court on Wednesday.

Police say their investigation continues and further charges are likely. Queensland police are also investigating the matter.

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