NSW romance, business scammers charged

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Five men that police allege were “money mules” for an international crime network have been charged after swindling millions from Australians through dating and business scams.

Police launched a strike force to investigate the scams in March 2020, and have now arrested 25 peopled linked to the crime syndicate.

The network, which has links overseas, allegedly stole up to $7 million dollars from 50 people in NSW, conning them through dating sites and false business invoices.

The money was then laundered through cryptocurrency and other means, police will allege.

The latest five nabbed – aged 51, 42, 33, 30 and 28 – were arrested between Monday and Wednesday at homes in Tallawong, Oxley Park, South Wentworthville and Villawood.

Police searched the homes, seizing cash and electronic devices.

The men are facing an array of charges, including recklessly dealing with the proceeds of crime, participating in a criminal group, and possessing an identity to commit an…

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