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

A tenth 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.

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

Following further inquiries, detectives arrested a 37-year-oldan at a Guildford business just after 8am today (Wednesday 22 July 2020).

He was taken to Granville Police Station and charged with knowingly/recklessly direct criminal group assist crime, and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Fairfield Local Court on Wednesday 12 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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