Police charge two with money laundering over ‘roofing’ frauds at St George

Two Chinese Nationals will appear in court today after being charged with laundering the proceeds of fraudulent ‘roofing repairs’ allegedly committed across the metropolitan area.

Officers from St George Police Area Command commenced inquiries into numerous reports that Irish Nationals were targeting elderly and vulnerable people demanding money for roofing repairs that were not required.

Investigators identified that the proceeds from some of these offences were being deposited and withdrawn from specific financial institutions.

About 1.30pm on Friday 5 April 2019, a 26-year-old man and 30-year-old woman were arrested at a financial institution in Ashfield.

A 28-year-old man was also arrested at a financial institution in Brookvale.

The younger man and woman were taken to Burwood Police Station while the 28-year-old man was taken to Manly Police Station.

Investigators executed a search warrant at a home in Chetwynd Road at Merrylands where they seized a large quantity of items that will be forensically examined along with illegally imported cigarettes.

Both men who are Chinese Nationals, were later charged with recklessly deal with the proceeds of crime and refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court today (Saturday 6 April 2019).

The woman was released pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information about this incident 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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