Tim Simona of the Tigers looks on following his team's loss to the Panthers in the round 24 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers at Pepper Stadium in Sydney, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Tim Simona of the Tigers looks on following his team's loss to the Panthers in the round 24 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers at Pepper Stadium in Sydney, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY DAN HIMBRECHTS

Simona latest: Tigers star charged by police

WESTS Tigers star Tim Simona has been charged by police after he allegedly ripped off charities to fuel his drug addiction.

Police have confirmed that a 25-year-old was arrested just before 8am this morning and taken to Macquarie Fields police station.

There, he was charged with one count of gaining benefit by deception and self-bailed to April 18.

The NRL has previously enquired into the deceptive sale of signed jerseys for personal profit.

It is alleged Simona purchased Wests Tigers jerseys with his own money.

He would take them to training at Concord Oval and place them on a table outside the dressing room where merchandise is often left to be autographed by the players for fundraisers.

Once they were signed Simona took them home to be auctioned on social media.

He is alleged to have done this up a dozen times and kept the money.

Simona would sell signed jerseys that he said were for charity and pocket the money himself.

Earlier this year Simona revealed he became a regular user of cocaine after a Mad Monday cruise three years ago.

News Corp Australia


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