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Three charged over $4.7m in email scams

THREE men were arrested at Chester Hill and Roselands as part of an investigation into an alleged $4.7 million email scam syndicate targeting Australian businesses.

In September 2019, the State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Belltree to investigate the email scams.
Their inquiries revealed that altered invoices had been sent to legitimate businesses for payment through an email scam, before the funds were transferred into personal accounts.
So far during the investigation, eight people have been charged and remain before the courts.
Detectives from the Cybercrime Squad, executed search warrants at homes at Chester Hill, Schofields and Roselands last Thursday, arresting and charging five men.
During the searches, detectives seized mobile phones, computers, electronic storage devices and documentation.
A 21-year-old man arrested at Chester Hill, was charged with participate in criminal group contribute to criminal activity, seven counts of knowingly deal with proceeds of crime intent to conceal, and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.
Police will allege in court that the man was involved in the scam syndicate and dealt with proceeds of crime to the value of more than $1.8 million.
Two men – aged 19 and 21 – arrested at the Roselands home, face charges of participating in criminal group contribute to criminal activity and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime with intent to conceal.
Police will allege in court that the men were involved in the scam syndicate and dealt with proceeds of crime to the value of more than $1.6 million.
Two other men were also charged.

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