Northern Territory Police have charged a 36-year-old man with cybercrime and drug related offences following an intensive investigation.
The man was being investigated for a number of serious cybercrime offences, after he was allegedly involved in multiple online scams.
Over the course of three years, it is alleged that he had stolen in excess of $94,000 from victims in New South Wales and Western Australia, through inheritance frauds, business email compromise, romance scams and rent scams.
Detectives from the Cybercrime unit and Drug and Organised Crime executed a number of search warrants at a residence in Darwin yesterday morning.
Police located and seized:
- drug paraphernalia
- one cannabis plant
- 318 grams of cannabis plant material
The man was arrested and charged with:
- 11 counts of money laundering
- Cultivation – less than traffickable quantity
- Possession – traffickable quantity schedule 2 drug
He has been remanded to appear in Darwin Local Court today.
Detective Sergeant Craig Windebank said, “Victims of cybercrime are encouraged to report any incidents where they believe a scam has occurred. You can report incidents through the online portal www.cyber.gov.au.”