A MAN escorted to Wagga Police Station is facing more than 30 charges related to fraud as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal online rental vehicle sales.
Investigations into the fraudulent acquisition and on-sale of rental vehicles across NSW led police to discover that 19 vehicles leased from five separate car rental companies in Sydney had been sold via websites and online marketplaces to the value of more than $750,000.
Detectives from the Financial Crimes Squad's Motor Unit established Strike Fore Bijous alongside Kings Cross Police Area Command in May last year, and following extensive inquiries, a 26-year-old man was arrested by Australian Federal Police at Melbourne International Airport after attempting to board a flight to India on July 28, 2020.
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The man, who is an Indian national, was taken to Broadmeadows Police Station by Victoria Police officers and charged by virtue of an interstate warrant for fraud-related offences.
NSW Police Force detectives were granted his extradition to NSW after the man appeared at Broadmeadows Magistrates Court.
The 26-year-old was escorted to Wagga Police Station and charged with 35 offences, including 16 counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, 16 counts of knowingly deal with proceeds of crime intent to conceal, two counts of knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, and deal with property proceeds of crime over $100,000.
A 31-year-old man was also arrested by AFP officers at the same airport on September 15 after attempting to board a flight to India. Also an Indian national, he was taken to Broadmeadow Police Station by Victoria Police and charged with an interstate warrant for fraud-related offences.
The man appeared at Broadmeadows Magistrates Court where NSW Police Force detectives were granted his extradition to NSW.
The 31-year-old was escorted to NSW and charged with 21 offences, including 10 counts of dishonestly obtain property by deception, dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, nine counts of larceny as bailee (property value greater than $15,000) and larceny as bailee (property value between $5,000 and $15,000).
Both men will face Central Local Court on April 8, 2021.
Further investigations led officers attached to the Financial Crimes Squad's Motor Unit to make a third arrest of a 39-year-old man at a home on Australia Street, Sydney Olympic Park, about 7.30am on Thursday.
During a search of the property, police allegedly located several hard drives, phones, credit cards and documents, which will undergo forensic examination.
The man was taken to Auburn Police Station where charges are expected to be laid.
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