Two charged over credit card fraud and fake IDs
POLICE have charged two men in Sydney with credit card fraud and producing fake identity documents following an eight-month investigation.
Search warrants were executed at a number of Sydney locations on Tuesday, including a Riverwood premises where police allege a 52-year-old man manufactured false documents, including driver licences, Medicare cards and credit cards.
The man was charged with 10 counts of dealing with identity information, seven counts of making or possessing equipment to make false documents and one count each of dealing with property suspected of being proceeds of crime and conspiracy to commit fraud.
A 47-year-old Burwood man was also arrested, accused of sourcing the identification information and supplying the false identification documents to others. He faces 13 similar charges.
Police also seized a substantial amount of cash during the raids.
It is alleged the group used high-end printing and manufacturing equipment to produce cards that were strong versions of officially-issued items.
Both men had bail refused when they appeared before Burwood Local Court on Wednesday.
The Sydney-based Identity Security Strike Team - a multi-agency taskforce comprising members of the Australian Federal Police, NSW Police, Department of Immigration and Citizenship and NSW Roads and Maritime Services - began the operation in January.
AFP Manager Sydney Office Ray Johnson said the arrests highlighted the value of intelligence and co-operation in disrupting identity fraud in Australia.
"This group was sophisticated in producing cards and other documents that were good-quality copies of legitimate documents. Unfortunately, for the two men arrested on Tuesday, the intelligence that led us to them was correct and allowed us to shut down a criminal enterprise that was resulting in a substantial amount of fraud," Commander Johnson said.