A woman will face court today charged over an alleged $9 million-dollar fraud and money laundering syndicate targeting the Thai-Australian community across NSW.
In August 2018, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Financial Crimes Squad established Strike Force McKeon to investigate reports of fraud and money laundering.
Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives executed two search warrants at a home and unit in South Strathfield from 8.30am yesterday (Friday 21 February 2020).
During the searches, officers seized 15 pairs of high-end women’s shoes including brands such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Designer handbags, including a number of Chanel and Prada items were also seized, along with mobile phones and electronic devices.
A 27-year-old Thai woman was arrested and taken to Auburn Police Station where she was charged with dishonestly obtain financial advantage etc by deception (x3).
Police will allege in court the woman claimed to be a registered remitter and used social media to advertise inflated rates for exchanging money.
The woman was refused bail and will appear at Parramatta Bail Court today (Saturday 22 February 2020).
Investigations under Strike Force McKeon are continuing.
Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force McKeon investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.