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Police hunt Bourke Street’s ‘Trolley Man’ over string of alleged offences as fundraising site comes under fire

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Consumer Action Law Centre Chief Executive Officer Gerard Brody wants fundraising sites such as GoFundMe to be held more accountable.

The criticism comes after more than $130,000 was raised for ‘Trolley Man’, Michael Rogers, on the fundraising site.

Rogers shot to fame when footage of last week’s Bourke Street terror showed him involving himself while police tried to subdue the attacker.

He was recently released from jail on aggravated burglary charges, and yesterday police revealed Rogers is now wanted over other alleged offences.

Mr Brody told Neil Mitchell the risks around donating on sites such as GoFundMe “needs to be scrutinised more closely” to make sure consumers weren’t being taken advantage of.

“The GoFundMe site does have some limited guarantees that it proposes but they apply in some countries and not Australia,” he said.

“I think there’s a need for more scrutiny – there’s a site caused GoFraudMe where lots of people have claimed there are fraudulent activities going on.

“We know many people are generous and want to donate to causes and that make be taken advantage of by scammers.”

Detectives earlier confirmed they were searching for a 46-year-old man of no fixed address in relation to a number of recent burglaries in the CBD and St Kilda.

He’s also previously breached bail conditions.

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