Police charge woman with 106 new offences in fraud investigation at Lake Illawarra

Police have charged a woman with an additional 106 offences following a fraud investigation in Lake Illawarra.

In November 2019, Lake Illawarra Technology Crime Unit launched SF Gardyne, an investigation into suspected fraudulent activity by the 33-year-old.

On Monday 11 November 2019, officers executed a search warrant at a home on Central Road, Unanderra, and seized a large number of bank cards in various names, blank driver licences, drugs, mobile phones, computers and a motorbike reported stolen in May 2019.

Police allege the woman used the identification of multiple people across the state to obtain personal loans, fuel cards and mobile devices without their permission, as well as forge medical certificates to avoid performing unpaid community service work.

She was arrested and charged with several offences, including four counts of make false document to influence exercise of public duty and deal with identification information.

She has now been charged with an additional 106 offences, including:

• Possess equipment to make ID information and commit indictable offence

• Possess and deal with identity information to commit indictable offence

• Make and use false document to obtain financial advantage

• Dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception

• Access/modify restricted data

• Supply prohibited drug

• Possess instructions for manufacture of prohibited drug

The woman has been refused bail since November 2019 and is next due to appear at Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday 14 January 2020.

Other offenders relating to the investigation are still outstanding and are being targeted by Lake Illawarra Technology Crime Unit.

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