ISST charge 11th person over alleged role in identity fraud syndicate

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UPDATE to media release earlier today - updates are in bold

This is a joint media release between the AFP anf the NSW Police Force


A man has been charged with various offences as part of an ongoing joint-agency investigation into alleged identity crime offences.

The Identity Security Strike Team (ISST), a multi-jurisdictional initiative between the NSW Police Force (NSWPF) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP), investigates high level, complex identity fraud and related security matters under both Commonwealth and State legislation.

In June 2017, the ISST commenced Operation Loa to investigate targeted mail theft, mobile telephone porting, and identity takeovers enabling large-scale fraud across Sydney.

ISST officers have previously charged 10 alleged members of the syndicate. They remain before the courts.

Yesterday, (Wednesday 20 December 2017), a 28-year-old man was arrested and charged with fraud, 11 counts of deal with identity information, bribe Commonwealth official and knowingly direct activities of criminal group.

He was bail refused to appear at Central Local Court today (Thursday 21 December 2017).

On Tuesday (19 December 2017), a 33-year-old man was arrested at his residence in Horsley Park and conveyed to Fairfield Police Station. He was charged with participate in criminal group and two counts of fraud.

He was given conditional bail to appear at Fairfield Local Court on Wednesday 31 January 2018.

A day earlier (Monday 18 December 2017), detectives arrested a 26-year-old man in West Ryde. He was charged with fraud and participate in criminal group. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Burwood Local Court on Monday 5 February 2018.

On Sunday, (17 December 2017), a 26-year-old woman was arrested at an establishment in Guildford on an unrelated outstanding warrant and taken to Merrylands Police Station.

ISST officers attended and charged her with six counts of deal with identity crime, three counts of fraud, knowingly deal with proceeds of crime and participate in criminal group.

She was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court on Thursday 25 January 2018.

Investigations under Operation Loa are continuing and further charges are expected.

The ISST urge anyone with information about identity fraud to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/


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