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Blond woman one of four arrested and luxury clothes, jewellery and Mercedes seized in Sydney

Female accused fraudster is dragged out of bed at 5am and handcuffed in her sweatpants – as police vandalize an alleged $1 million fraud syndicate and seize luxury clothing, jewelry and a Mercedes Benz

  • Four people aged 25-45 charged after criminal gang intercepted in Sydney
  • It reportedly involves multiple identity and bank frauds over $1 million
  • Thursday $130,000 cash, $5,000 USD currency, EFTPOS terminals seized
  • Also luxury jewelry and clothing, Mercedes Benz C200 and electronic devices

A woman and three men have been charged with an alleged $1 million fraud and identity syndicate – with police seizing approximately $130,000 in cash, luxury jewelry and clothing and a Mercedes C200 worth up to $76,900.

Footage from NSW Police shows a 42-year-old woman being arrested and forced into the back of a car in Bankstown, south-west Sydney, in the early morning hours, as well as a 33-year-old man in a hoodie, presumably her mate.

Police will allege in court that the man was the leader of the syndicate, which reportedly involved two other men in their twenties, both of whom were also arrested in units in Haymarket and Pyrmont.

The woman’s charges (pictured) included two counts of dealing with identity information to commit a criminal offense and two counts of unfairly obtaining financial advantage through fraud

Police stormed the couple’s apartment around 5 a.m. Prosecutors will allege that the syndicate created a number of shell companies to obtain checkbooks, EFTPOS terminals and create bank profiles which were then used to obtain fraudulent funds.

The woman’s charges included two counts of dealing with identity information to commit a criminal offence, two counts of unfairly obtaining financial advantage through fraud, dealing with criminal proceeds in excess of $100,000, and participating in criminal group that activities contribute.

The man was charged with 52 felonies, including 39 counts of dealing with identity information to commit a criminal offence, 11 counts of unfairly obtaining financial advantage through fraud, dealing with criminal proceeds of more than $100,000, and willfully and knowingly direct activities of criminal group.

Both were refused bail on Friday to appear in Bankstown court.

Four people have been charged after a Sydney criminal syndicate was intercepted with multiple identity and bank fraud over $1 million (pictured, a 42-year-old woman was one of four arrested)

Four people have been charged after a Sydney criminal syndicate was intercepted with multiple identity and bank fraud over $1 million (pictured, a 42-year-old woman was one of four arrested)

Police discovered and seized approximately $130,000 in cash, $5,000 USD in currency, numerous EFTPOS terminals, luxury jewelry and clothing, a Mercedes Benz C200 (pictured) and electronic devices

Police discovered and seized approximately $130,000 in cash, $5,000 USD in currency, numerous EFTPOS terminals, luxury jewelry and clothing, a Mercedes Benz C200 (pictured) and electronic devices

Police will allege that the fraudulently obtained money was then used to withdraw cash, buy clothing, motor vehicles and jewelry, and pay for daily expenses.

Two other men – 29 and 39 – were arrested at units in Pyrmont and Haymarket.

They were denied bail and appeared before the local Downing Center court on Thursday, where they were formally refused to appear in court on August 18.

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