Former Eels manager Jason Irvine at Downing Centre Court this morning.
Former Eels manager Jason Irvine at Downing Centre Court this morning. Jeremy Piper

Former Parramatta Eels manager charged with $90,000 fraud

A FORMER Parramatta Eels manager has appeared in court on pervert the course of justice charges and fraud charges totalling almost $90,000 in connection with the NRL club's salary cap scandal.

Jason Robert Irvine, 42, of Leichhardt, submitted false invoices and caused the creation of a false sponsorship deal, police alleged at the Downing Centre Local Court.

Irvine sat quietly up the back of the court dressed in a blue shirt without a tie, head bowed, as his matter was briefly mentioned before Magistrate Jane Mottley. Two supporters briefly sat with him during the proceedings. He faced three separate charges in all, including a traffic matter where he was accused of writing a false statutory declaration.

The State Crime Command Fraud and Cyber Crime Squad charged Irvine on Monday with "knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime" amounting to $72,000 between December 17, 2014 and March 16, 2015 at Parramatta.

A second charge, contained in documents tendered to the court, stated that he dishonestly obtained property by deception at Parramatta between June 11, 2015 and June 12 of the same year.

"By submission of false invoices and causing the creation of a false sponsorship agreement dishonestly obtained $17,490, the property of Parramatta Leagues Club," the charge stated.

The third charge was an acting with "intent to pervert the course of justice" charge, taking place between June 25, 2016 and January 19, 2017.

"That Irvine …. did act, to wit, cause another to write false details into a statutory declaration, cause Florence Irvine to take responsibility for a traffic infringement and licence suspension and deflect a police investigation and prosecution for the offence of disqualified driving intending to pervert the course of justice," police facts stated.

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