#romancescams | Ninth person charged in $6 million online scam and money laundering investigation


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A ninth person has been charged as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged criminal syndicate involved in fraudulent activities across the country.

In March 2020, Strike Force Cocci was established to uncover alleged sophisticated cyber scams, including business email compromises, romance scams and laundering of funds obtained.

Detectives from Nepean Police Area Command, assisted by the State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad, also investigated alleged money laundering of over $6 million.

As part of their inquiries, five search warrants were executed at homes across Sydney earlier this month.

Eight people – six men and two women – have been arrested and charged this month. They remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries, detectives arrested a 29-year-old woman at a home on Lough Avenue, Guildford, about 8.30am today (Monday 20 July 2020).

She was taken to Granville Police Station and charged with five counts of recklessly deal with proceeds of crime and participate criminal group contribute criminal activity.

Police will allege in court that the woman dealt with more than $950,000 obtained unlawfully from Australian businesses through online scams between October and November 2019.

The woman was granted conditional bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Tuesday 11 August 2020.

Investigations under Strike Force Cocci are continuing.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Cocci investigators 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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