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Further six charged following cryptocurrency money laundering investigation - Cybercrime Squad

Monday, 31 May 2021 04:53:14 AM

A further six people have been charged by Cybercrime Squad detectives as part of an ongoing investigation into a criminal syndicate allegedly involved in laundering money via cryptocurrency.

In September last year, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Curns to investigate a criminal syndicate involved in cyber-enabled money laundering.

So far during the investigation, strike force detectives have charged seven people – two men and five women – over their alleged roles in the syndicate.

Following further inquiries, Cybercrime Squad detectives, with the assistance from Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers, issued a further six people with Court Attendance Notices (CAN) in Queensland last month.

A 23-year-old Murwillumbah woman was charged with participate in criminal group, and four counts of recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

A 23-year-old Nerang man was charged with participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, and five counts of recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

A 33-year-old Mount Gravatt man was charged with participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, and four counts of recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

A 46-year-old Main Beach man was charged with participate criminal group contribute criminal, and two counts of recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

A 66-year-old Paradise Point man was charged with participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, and five counts of recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

A 67-year-old Surfers Paradise man was charged with participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, and recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

All six people are due to appear at Central Local Court today (Monday 31 May 2021).

Cybercrime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Matt Craft, said this was an organised criminal group who were operating across state and territory borders.

“Cybercrime investigators across the country and internationally are collaborating more and more and sharing real time information in a bid to disrupt and prevent cyber-criminals from causing harm,” Det Supt Craft said.

“What Strike Force Curns represents is those relationships being put into practice and law enforcement coming together nationally to make a real difference.

“Individuals may think if they target victims in NSW from outside our jurisdiction that they are safe, however they should be assured the Cybercrime Squad is actively watching,” Det Supt Craft said.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Curns detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.