Woman charged over $500,000 fraud
Detectives from State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad, established Strike Force Belltree to investigate money laundering as a result of fraudulently-run scams when business emails have been compromised.
Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives arrested a 30-year-old woman at a unit on Evaline Street, Campsie, on Tuesday, October 22.
She was charged with knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Police will allege in court that the woman sent a fraudulent email claiming to be from a Sydney-based university requesting a payment of $321,963 from a business, which was subsequently paid into the account registered to a 29-year-old man.
He allegedly transferred the money to multiple accounts connected to the Campsie woman.
He was arrested and charged in August over his alleged role in the scam.
A search warrant was executed at Mutch Avenue, Kyeemagh, where a second woman, also aged 30, was arrested by investigators and has been charged with three counts of recklessly dealing with the proceeds of crime, and making a false statutory declaration.
Police will allege in court that the woman altered invoices and sent fraudulent emails to several interstate businesses, resulting in $186,001 being transferred into her accounts.
Investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Belltree, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Information is treated in strict confidence.