A 41-year-old West Australian man has been extradited to the United States to face wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering related offences.
Australian Federal Police handed the man over to the U.S. Marshals Service at Perth International Airport on Thursday, 27 January 2022, before they boarded an international flight.
The AFP assisted US authorities in their investigation into the WA man’s alleged involvement in a multi-million-dollar premium SMS fraud scheme, including arresting the man on a warrant issued in response to the US’ extradition request in 2018. He remained in custody from the date of his arrest until his surrender to the United States.
The Australian Attorney‑General’s Department, Australian Border Force, Corrective Services WA, WA Health, WA Police and the US Consulate in WA also helped the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Marshals Service in this matter.
AFP Assistant Commissioner Western Command Pryce Scanlan said the matter highlights the longstanding and strong partnership between Australian and U.S. law enforcement to disrupt transnational crime and bring offenders to justice.
“These operations demonstrate the international reach of law enforcement, and should serve as a message to crime syndicates that you are not untouchable if you commit offences in another country,” AC Scanlan said.