Sydney Man Charged With Money Laundering Offences

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21 October 2008

Sydney man charged with money laundering

offences

A 29-year-old Merrylands man will appear in the Downing Centre Local Court

today charged with money laundering offences following a long running

investigation by the multi-agency Identity Security Strike Team (ISST).

The man was arrested on 18 September 2008 at his residential address.

This arrest marks the 21st person charged as part of the ISST investigation

known as 'Operation Hickey' which focused on an identity crime syndicate in

Australia.

It's alleged the man assisted in the transfer of more than $280,000

fraudulently obtained from financial institutions by a Sydney identity crime

syndicate. 

The ISST is a multi-agency taskforce with members from the Australian

Federal Police, NSW Police Force, Australian Crime Commission, NSW Crime

Commission and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. 

The ISST operates from the AFP's Sydney office with teams also located in

Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.  The teams investigate serious and complex

identity security matters forming a collaborative network among law

enforcement agencies to effectively deal with this crime.

The AFP charged the man with dealing in proceeds of crime - money or

property worth $100,000 or more under section 400.4 of the Criminal Code

Act 1995.

The maximum penalty for these offences is 20 years imprisonment.



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