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Charges laid over alleged production and sale of counterfeit betting vouchers valued at $5 million

Wednesday, 02 June 2021 05:04:23 AM

A woman will appear in court today charged following an investigation into the alleged production and sale of counterfeit betting vouchers valued at more than $5 million.

In October last year, detectives from the Organised Crime Squad’s Casino and Racing Investigation Unit (CRIU), commenced an investigation under Strike Force Antree into the production of counterfeit betting vouchers being fraudulently redeemed at a Sydney casino.

Between September 2019 and October 2020, detectives identified that counterfeit betting vouchers valued at $4.85 million had been fraudulently manufactured while legitimate betting vouchers valued at $158,000 had been stolen.

It was further identified that the vouchers had been sold to individuals or exchanged for a portion of the winnings.

In November last year, officers executed three search warrants at homes at North Rocks and Pyrmont, as well as a business in Pyrmont, where they seized more than $12,500 cash and documentation.

On Tuesday 1 December 2020, detectives charged a 39-year-old man – who is an employee at a Sydney casino – with 14 offences including;

• Steal property as clerk/servant – greater than $15,000 (x5),

• dispose property theft –serious indictable offence (x5),

• dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception (x3), and,

• publish false misleading material to obtain property.

He first appeared at the Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday 1 January 2021 and remains before the courts.

Following further extensive investigations, detective issued a 47-year-old Pyrmont woman with a Court Attendance Notice (CAN) for three counts of knowingly deal with proceeds of crime on Monday 12 April 2021.

Police will allege in court that the woman on-sold counterfeit betting vouchers and dealt with proceeds of crime valued at $884,500.

She is due to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court today (Wednesday 2 June 2021).

Investigations by the Organised Crime Squad’s Casino and Racing Unit are continuing.