Police Media: Sydney inc. man charged for bank fraud

Man charged over alleged fraud totalling almost $450,000

Police - NSW (charged)Dundas Valley
Friday, 27 May 2016

SCC Fraud & Cybercrime Squad

A man has been charged as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged banking fraud.

Strike Force Cottenham is a joint investigation by the State Crime Command’s Fraud & Cybercrime Squad and the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

The strike force was formed in December 2014 to investigate large-scale fraud offences committed against financial institutions involving internet bank accounts.

Following extensive inquiries, a 19-year-old man was arrested at a home in Dundas Valley yesterday (Thursday 26 May 2016).

He was taken to Parramatta Police Station and charged with two counts of knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime, knowingly directing activities of a criminal group, and using a false document.

Police will allege he submitted a fraudulent form to gain unauthorised access to bank accounts and withdrew a total of almost $450,000.

He has been granted bail and is due to appear at Burwood Local Court on Wednesday 20 July 2016.

Inquiries by Strike Force Cottenham detectives continue and further arrests are expected to be made.

To date, 41 people have been charged by the strike force, with more than 436 offences.

Investigators are also warning the public, especially students and foreign nationals, who may be approached to take part in these offences that they face significant penalties, criminal convictions, and terms of imprisonment.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Police investigate two vehicle crash

Bossley Park
Friday, 27 May 2016

Police are investigating following a two vehicle collision in Sydney’s west today.

Just before 1pm (Friday 27 May 2016), emergency services were called to Horsley Drive, Bossley Park, after reports a Toyota Echo and a pantech truck had collided.

The driver of the car, a 23-year-old man, was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics for minor injuries before being taken to Liverpool Hospital.

Four female passengers in the Toyota Echo, all believed to be in their late teens, were also treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics.

Two women were taken to Liverpool Hospital with serious injuries.

One woman was taken to Westmead Hospital with serious injuries.

Another woman was taken to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition.

The 28-year-old driver of the truck was uninjured.

Both drivers will undergo mandatory blood and urine testing.

Officers attached to Fairfield Local Area Command attended and with assistance from Crash Investigation Unit, have established a crime scene.

Both vehicles have been seized for forensic examination.

Inquiries into the collision are continuing.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Police investigate after pedestrian hit

 Beacon Hill
Friday, 27 May 2016

Police are investigating after a pedestrian was hit in Sydney’s north today.

About 9.00am (Friday 27 May 2016), an 89-year-old woman reversed her Toyota Corolla out of her driveway on Lee Road, Beacon Hill.

Police have been told the vehicle struck a 96-year-old man walking along the road.

NSW Ambulance Paramedics treated the man at the scene before taking him to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition.

The woman was taken to Manly Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

Officers attached to Northern Beaches Local Area Command established a crime scene and commenced an investigation.

Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact police via Crime Stoppers.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Two pedestrians seriously injured

 Auburn
Thursday, 26 May 2016

Police are investigating after a man and woman were struck by a car at Auburn yesterday.

About 7.30pm (Wednesday 26 May 2016), a BMW sedan was travelling east on Hall Street, when it struck two pedestrians who had stepped out in front of the vehicle.

As a result of the crash, the male pedestrian, aged 70, suffered facial injuries and bruising. The female pedestrian, aged 68, suffered head lacerations, broken ribs, spinal injuries and fractures.

They were both taken to Westmead Hospital, where the male is in a stable condition and the female is in a critical but stable condition.

The driver of the BMW, a 54-year-old man, stopped after the accident and is assisting police with inquiries. He was uninjured.

Officers from Flemington Local Area Command continue to investigate the incident and any witnesses are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Operation Appleby investigators arrest Bankstown man

Bankstown
Thursday, May 26 2016

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and New South Wales Police.

A Bankstown man was arrested today by the Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) Sydney as part of the ongoing Operation Appleby investigation into the alleged planning of a terrorist attack in Australia.

A 24-year-old Bankstown man was arrested outside his home this morning and is in the process of being charged with one count of conspiracy to conduct an act in preparation for a terrorist act, contrary to section 101.6, by virtue of section 11.5, of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995.

This alleged offence is related to material that was seized during search warrants conducted by Operation Appleby investigators in December 2014. There is no new threat to the community as part of today’s activity.

It will be alleged in court the man was one of a number of people – who have been previously charged regarding this matter – involved in formulating documents connected with preparations to facilitate, assist or engage a person to undertake a terrorist act.

Today’s arrest reiterates the commitment of the JCTT Sydney in undertaking long-term and complex investigations, even after operational activity has been carried out to disrupt potential terrorist acts.

The JCTT Sydney conducted disruption activity in this matter in September and December 2014 to ensure the safety of the community at the time, and has continued to examine the evidence gathered as part of ongoing investigations into potential criminal offences.

Today’s activities will bring the total number of people charged by the JCTT Sydney in relation to Operation Appleby to 15 since September 2014.

Police continue to encourage the public to report any suspicious activity they see or hear to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Man charged with importing 18kg of ephedrine

Kensington
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Australian Border Force (ABF) investigators have charged a 29-year-old Sydney man with importing about 18 kilograms of ephedrine concealed in expandable buckets.

Earlier this month (17 May), as part of an ongoing investigation, ABF officers at the Sydney International Mail Centre targeted a parcel that arrived from Malaysia for inspection.

After opening the parcel, the officers uncovered a white powder concealed inside expandable buckets.

The ABF tracked the delivery to an address at Kensington in Sydney.

Following warrant activity, ABF investigators arrested and charged a man with importing prohibited tier one goods, namely ephedrine, contrary to section 233 of the Customs Act 1901.

Commander Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Anthony Seebach, said this arrest highlights the ABF’s tireless work to stop the importation of illegal substances and to tackle criminals organising or facilitating its importation.

“Ephedrine is a precursor chemical to the drug ice and through arrests like these we are helping to stop the potential manufacture of this dangerous and illegal drug,” Commander Seebach said.

“This is another great example of the capabilities of the ABF to enforce Australian border laws and stop such imports from harming the community.”

The man faced Waverley Local Court this morning and was remanded in custody to reappear on 8 July 2016.

The maximum penalty for this offence is five years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $180,000.

Media contact: Immigration and Border Protection (02) 6264 2244



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