Eighth person charged in $6 million online scam and money laundering investigation

An eighth person has been charged as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged criminal syndicate involved in fraudulent activities across the country.

In March 2020, Strike Force Cocci was established to uncover alleged sophisticated cyber scams, including business email compromises, romance scams and laundering of funds obtained.

Detectives from Nepean Police Area Command, assisted by the State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad, also investigated alleged money laundering of over $6 million.

Following extensive inquiries, and five search warrants at homes across Sydney last week, police arrested seven people. They remain before the courts.

At 7.20am today (Tuesday 14 July 2020), an eighth person was arrested after attending Penrith Police Station.

The 29-year-old man was charged with participate criminal group contribute criminal activity and three counts of recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Penrith Local Court on Monday 7 September 2020.

Police will allege in court that the man dealt with over $240,000, obtained unlawfully from Australian busineses through online scams, between October and November 2019.

Investigations under Strike Force Cocci are continuing.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Cocci investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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