Paul Iera: Tradie who faked kidnapping to repay police after widespread search

A man who admitted to faking his own kidnapping to spend New Year’s Eve with his mistress has been ordered to compensate police for the expansive search they undertook to find him.

Paul Iera was sentenced at Wollongong Local Court in NSW on Tuesday to a three-year community corrections order having previously pleaded guilty to making false accusations to police.

The 35-year-old had been the subject of an urgent and widespread search by specialist police after he was reported missing by his partner only minutes before New Year’s Eve last year.

Police believed Iera had been kidnapped from Dombarton in NSW’s Illawarra region, south of Sydney, but was located by officers about 10am the following morning in nearby Dapto.

Iera, also from Dapto, was later charged with making a false accusation intending a person to be subject of an investigation, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison if convicted.

In addition to the CCO, Iera was ordered to undertake 350 hours of community service and pay $16,218 in compensation to the NSW government for the work undertaken by police.

Iera was also sentenced to a concurrent 18-month CCO for unrelated charges of possessing an unauthorised firearm and a prohibited weapon without a permit as well ammunition.

The tradesman was also disqualified from holding a driver’s licence for six months and ordered to pay a further $380 for an unrelated charge of driving with an illicit drug in his system.

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