A LAKEMBA business owner is the seventh person charged as part of an ongoing joint-agency investigation into alleged identity crime offences.
In June, the Identity Security Strike Team (ISST), a multi-jurisdictional initiative between the NSW Police Force and the Australian Federal Police, commenced Operation Loa to investigate targeted mail theft, mobile phone porting, and identity takeovers enabling large-scale fraud across Sydney.
ISST officers issued seven search warrants across Sydney last Wednesday and charged three men and three women over their alleged roles in the syndicate. They remain before the court.
About 10.45pm on Saturday, a 31-year-old man was arrested by ISST officers on arrival into Sydney International Airport. He was taken to Mascot Police Station and charged with two counts of fraud, and participating in a criminal group.
Police will allege in court the man assisted in large transactions with fraudulently-obtained credit cards through the use of the EFTPOS terminal within his store. Once the transactions cleared, the funds were divided between syndicate members.
The Lakemba man was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday January 11. Investigations under Operation Loa are continuing and further charges are expected.