A 43-year-old Nigerian man has been charged with defrauding victims of almost $3 million through romance, identification and business scam he was running from inside Sydney’s Villawood Detention Centre.
Police affirmed that Fisayo Oluwafemi was the kingpin of a four-person strong crime syndicate that has defrauded various small business owners, identity theft victims and would-be lovers since the start of the year.
Police said that Oluwafemi ran the scam from inside the immigration detention facility by using 16 mobile phones. He was arrested by police.
His various activities involved romance scams, sending emails pretending to be from accounts payable, stealing identities and the fraudulent sale of products.
Oluwafemi’s arrest came after three other criminal members were apprehended by police under Strike Force Woolana.
NSW Police Officers have since seized a Land Rover suspected to be the proceeds of crime, as well as mobile phones, documents and SIM cards from his Kingswood home and a Hoxton Park storage unit…
A 20-year-old man, who police say helped launder $90,000 through fraudulent business emails, was arrested at home and charged with seven counts of recklessly dealing with the proceeds of crime and an identity theft offence.
Another woman, also 20, was charged with knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime. Police alleged that she was involved in the laundering of $17,000…
Australian Border Force detention operations commander, Bill Ries, said the incident proved detainees should not be allowed access to mobile phones