Seventh syndicate member charged over $2.6 million scam targeting Australian businesses

Cybercrime Squad detectives have charged a seventh person as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged $2.6 million email scam syndicate targeting Australian businesses.

In September 2019, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Belltree to investigate a criminal syndicate targeting businesses across the country through email scams.

Their inquiries revealed that altered invoices had been sent to legitimate businesses for payment through an email scam, before the funds were transferred into personal accounts.

So far during the investigation, detectives have charged six people. They all remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries, strike force investigators, with assistance from North West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad, executed a search warrant at a home unit at Penrith about 7am today (Thursday 7 May 2020).

During the search, officers seized a mobile phone and documentation.

A 28-year-old man was arrested and taken to Penrith Police Station, where he was charged with knowingly deal with proceeds of crime and participating in a criminal group.

Police will allege in court that the man was involved in an email scam syndicate and dealt with proceeds of crime valued at more than $54,000.

He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Penrith Local Court on Tuesday 14 July 2020.

Investigations under Strike Force Belltree are continuing.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Belltree detectives 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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