Police arrest three after fraud investigation

Detectives from the Victoria Police Fraud and Extortion Squad, along with officers from AFP Fraud and Anti-Corruption, have arrested three people today as part of an investigation into allegations of fraud relating to the building industry.

A 44-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman were arrested at a residential property in Keilor Lodge, while a 52-year-old woman was arrested following a warrant at a property in Keilor.

A number of items including computers, mobile phones and paperwork have been seized.

The trio will now be interviewed by police.

Between 22 July and 2 August, 2019 police have also interviewed six men and one woman as part of this investigation.

They were interviewed in relation to the offence of receipt/solicitation of a secret commission and are expected to be charged on summons.

Today’s warrants form part of a 13-month investigation into individuals within the construction/building industry and the alleged provision of materials and labour in exchange for favouring contractors.

This investigation is not related to the Royal Commission.

Anyone with further information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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