Eleventh person charged over fraud in construction industry

Another man has been charged following an investigation into alleged fraud and forgery in the construction industry.

In June 2018, the Organised Crime Squad’s Money Laundering Unit commenced a joint investigation with the NSW Crime Commission under Strike Force Petrie following reports of the alleged issuance of fraudulent trade qualification certificates and money laundering.

Strike force investigators charged nine men and a woman over their alleged roles in the syndicate last year.

All 10 people remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries, detectives arrested a 24-year-old man at a home on Thompson Place, Minto, about 6am on Tuesday 17 September 2019.

He was taken to Campbelltown Police Station and charged with use false document to influence exercise of public duty, and possess false document to influence exercise public duty.

Police will allege in court the man purchased forged documents for a fee to obtain qualifications without having to complete compulsory theory and practical assessments.

He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Campbelltown Local Court today (Monday 14 October 2019).

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Petrie 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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