Two women have been charged following an investigation into $500,000 being fraudulently acquired through email scams.
Detectives from State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Belltree to investigate money laundering as a result of fraudulently-run scams when business emails have been compromised.
Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives arrested a 30-year-old woman at a unit on Evaline Street, Campsie, about 6.15am on Tuesday 22 October 2019.
She was taken to Campsie Police Station and charged with knowingly deal with the proceeds of crime.
Police will allege in court that the woman sent a fraudulent email claiming to be from a Sydney-based university requesting a payment of $321,963 from a business, which was subsequently paid into the account registered to a 29-year-old man.
He allegedly transferred the money to multiple accounts connected to the Campsie woman. He was arrested and charged in August over his alleged role in the scam.
The woman was granted conditional bail to appear in Burwood Local Court today (Tuesday 12 November 2019).
A search warrant was executed at Mutch Avenue, Kyeemagh, where a second woman, also aged 30, was arrested by investigators and taken to St George Police Station.
She has been charged with three counts of recklessly dealing with proceeds of crime, and making a false statutory declaration.
Police will allege in court that the woman altered invoices and sent fraudulent emails to several interstate businesses, resulting in $186,001 being transferred into her accounts.
The woman was granted conditional bail to appear in Sutherland Local Court today (Tuesday 12 November 2019).
Investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Belltree is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.