Michael Patsalis was arrested on Sunday and charged with six counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage and impersonating a police officer, according to Nine News.
The 51-year-old from Yagoona, near Bankstown, is accused of impersonating an officer in June this year and persuading a 36-year-old Redfern man to pay him a large sum over a two-week period.
Police claim the sum was requested in return for a promise of “assistance.”
They say Mr Patsalis pressed the businessowner for additional money afterward, going on to claim that he had cancer and needed almost $14,000 for medical bills.
Mr Patsalis remains behind bars as he made no application for bail.
More to come.