Operation Appleby - Fraud arrest

This is a joint media release with NSW Police.

State and Federal Police have dismantled an alleged million dollar fraud racket, arresting a man during the execution of a search warrant this morning in Sydney’s west.

Around 6am, NSW officers entered a home in Lockwood Street, Merrylands and arrested a 25-year-old man.

It is alleged police have also found pistol ammunition during a search of the property.

The man has since been charged with knowingly direct activities of criminal group; money laundering and four counts of intention to defraud.

He has been refused bail and is expected to appear in the Fairfield Local Court later today.

Officers attached to the Joint Counter-Terrorism Team’s Operation Appleby allegedly uncovered evidence of the criminal syndicate during routine investigations although there appear to be no direct links to any terrorism activities.

10 other people have already been charged with participate in criminal group; money laundering and other fraud offences as a result of the investigation.

Police allege those involved in the plot lodged fraudulent loan applications to purchase a number of vehicles in New South Wales.

Once aware of the alleged racket, the JCTT was able to warn financial institutions which declined the loans.

Anyone with further information about this matter is urged to contact Police through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Editors Note: Footage of this morning’s arrest and search warrant will be distributed via Hightail. Still images can be obtained by contacting the NSW Police Media Unit on (02) 8263 6100

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