In October 2018, WA Police Major Fraud Squad in conjunction with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Perth commenced an investigation into an international fraud syndicate involving Slovenian and United Kingdom nationals.
During the comprehensive investigation and with the assistance of the banking community, it was ascertained the syndicate had registered five Australian companies, leased multiple business premises, opened multiple personal and business bank accounts and had acquired multiple bank issued merchant point of sale machines (eftpos terminals)., WA Police say
It is alleged the syndicate intended to commit fraud offences over a short period of time before departing Australia. It is further alleged approximately $45,000 was transferred off-shore by the syndicate from compromised credit card details.
Yesterday (15 November 2018), simultaneous search warrants were executed at units on Palmerston Street in Perth. It is alleged during the search officers located and seized several eftpos terminals, merchant receipts, airline boarding passes, Western Union money transfer receipts, financial documents, electronic devices and mobile phones.
Four men, aged 25, 27, 28 and 35 years have each been charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Indictable Offence and appeared before the Perth Magistrates Court today, 16 November 2018.
The investigation is ongoing.