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Fake car theft charge

A MAN and a woman have been charged over their involvement in an alleged conspiracy to stage the theft of a vehicle and lodge a fraudulent insurance claim.


In July 2018, detectives from the Financial Crimes Squad and Organised Crime Squad established Strike Force Mercury, to investigate the coordinated fraudulent activities targeting family day care operations.
During the course of the investigation, strike force detectives received information about an alleged conspiracy to stage the theft of a motor vehicle and fraudulently lodge a comprehensive motor vehicle insurance claim.
Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 33-year-old woman at a home at Bass Hill and a 49-year-old man at a home at Punchbowl.
Both were charged with conspiring with other to cheat and defraud and publish false misleading material to obtain advantage.
Police will allege in court that the man and the woman were involved in staging the theft of a Toyota Kluger, and knowingly lodged a fraudulent insurance claim valued at $8,800 in December 2018.
Anyone with information about in relation to professionally facilitated fraud is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence.