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A trio is accused of stealing $1.5 million from a woman who was seeking Australian citizenship

19 June, 2023

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Following further investigation, a search was conducted at a residence in Turramurra on May 24. Mobile phones, laptops, hard drives, passports, and documents were seized, and a 42-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman were arrested. The 42-year-old man faces charges of obtaining property by deception, dealing with proceeds of crime, and participating in a criminal group. The 39-year-old woman is charged with multiple counts of using false documents to obtain financial advantage, obtaining property by deception, participating in a criminal group, and dealing with proceeds of crime. Both individuals were granted conditional bail and are set to appear in court on June 14.

According to the police, the three accused individuals were employed at an immigration company in Sydney. In 2017, they were hired by the victim to assist in obtaining Australian citizenship for herself and her family, with a payment of $1.5 million. However, it is alleged that instead of providing the promised services, the trio transferred the funds into personal bank accounts. They are also accused of forging documents, including citizenship papers, without helping the woman secure an Australian visa.

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Three individuals have been charged in connection with an immigration scam involving $1.5 million and a woman seeking Australian citizenship. The investigation began in February 2021 after the 46-year-old woman reported being defrauded while attempting to arrange an Australian visa. On May 4, a 36-year-old man was arrested in Narwee and charged with various offenses, including obtaining financial advantage by deception and participating in a criminal group. He was granted conditional bail and is scheduled to appear in court on June 6.

Highlights:

The investigation highlights the alleged exploitation of individuals seeking immigration assistance and the subsequent financial loss suffered by the victim. The accused individuals are now facing multiple charges related to deception, fraud, and participating in a criminal group. The court proceedings, scheduled for June, will determine their legal accountability in this case.

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