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Cybercrime Squad detectives charge nineteenth person over business email scam

Friday, 04 June 2021 02:55:35 AM

Detectives have charged a woman in Victoria over her alleged involvement in a $4.7 million business email scam syndicate targeting Australian companies.

In September 2019, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Belltree to investigate a criminal syndicate targeting businesses across the country through email scams.

Their inquiries revealed that altered invoices had been sent to legitimate businesses for payment, before the funds were transferred into personal accounts.

As part of ongoing inquiries, officers from Campsie and Cumberland Police Area Commands also commenced investigations into reports of cyber-enabled fraudulent activity.

So far during the investigation, strike force detectives have charged 18 people over their alleged involvement in the syndicate. They all remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries, detectives from the Cybercrime Squad travelled to Victoria, and with assistance from Victoria Police (VICPOL), arrested a 25-year-old woman in Kalkallo on Wednesday 21 April 2021.

She was taken to West Melbourne Police Station and charged with an outstanding arrest warrant for seven counts of knowingly deal with proceeds of crime and participation in a criminal group.

Police will allege in court that the woman was involved in the syndicate and dealt with proceeds of crime valued at $515,000.

She was granted strict conditional bail to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court today (Friday 4 June 2021).

Cybercrime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Matthew Craft, said this investigation and arrest demonstrates the borderless nature of cybercrime offences.

“This lengthy investigation highlights the NSW Police Force’s commitment to locating and prosecuting offenders, even if they are interstate,” Det Supt Craft said.

Investigations under Strike Force Belltree are continuing.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Belltree investigators 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 crime via NSW Police social media pages.