A Miller woman has been charged with fraud and money laundering after obtaining more than $2 million from men on dating websites.
Detectives from the Fraud and Cybercrime Squad arrested the 39-year-old woman yesterday morning after an investigation which lasted several months.
Over the course of the investigation, detectives discovered that the woman had allegedly obtained more than $2 million from a number of different men.
Police allege that between August 2008 and February 2014, the woman formed relationships with four different men.
Two of the men are aged in their seventies, while the other two are aged in their sixties.
In each case, the woman had approached the men via dating services with the stated intention of forming a relationship.
However, shortly after establishing correspondence with the men, police will allege the woman would make false and misleading statements in order to convince them to deposit money into her account.
In some instances, she allegedly claimed she needed the money to pay for medical care for a sick relative, or funeral arrangements for a deceased relative.
In other instances, she allegedly claimed she needed the money to pay bank fees that would allow her to access funds being provided by an overseas family member.
One of the men paid the woman $1.9 million over the course of their relationship. The other three men paid her $190000, $58000, and $12000 respectively.
Detectives executed searched two properties in Miller yesterday morning before arresting the woman and seizing a number of items including three cars, which they believe she obtained using the funds she got from the men.
The cars seized included a Mazda CX7, a Toyota Prado and a Toyota Corolla.
Detectives have also frozen more than $1 million worth of cash and assets associated with the woman.
The woman was taken to Green Valley police sStation, where she was charged with four counts of fraud and one count of money laundering.
The woman was granted conditional bail to appear in Liverpool Local Court on June 25.
The Commander of the Fraud and Cybercrime Squad, Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, said all cases of fraud should be reported to police.
“If you suspect you have been deceived and someone has defrauded you, please contact police immediately,” Detective Superintendent Katsogiannis said.
“Some people feel too embarrassed to report fraud matters to police, or they think there’s no need to alert us because their financial institution will reimburse them for their losses.
“In fact, it’s very important that we are made aware of all fraud cases. That way, we can make the necessary inquiries and reduce the chances of the perpetrator defrauding others.”
Police are urging anyone with information about this fraud to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the nline reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.