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NSW Police busts identity fraud ring

The main players in a multimillion-dollar identity fraud syndicate have been arrested, NSW Police have claimed.

Members of the group have allegedly stolen cheques and banking details from letterboxes across metropolitan Sydney. Such documents have then been used to produce forms of fake identification, including driver's licences and Medicare cards, which were then used to open bank accounts to launder money.

On Sunday police arrested a 33-year-old man outside a bank at a Bankstown shopping centre, in Sydney's southwest. He allegedly had fraudulent documents on him. He was taken to Bankstown Police Station and charged with eight fraud offences and three outstanding warrants. He was refused bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court on Monday.

A 27-year-old woman was also arrested at a Camperdown hotel, in Sydney's inner west. She was taken to Newtown Police Station and charged with two outstanding warrants. Bail was refused and she will appear at Newtown Local Court on Monday.

Police will allege the man and woman are key players in a criminal syndicate.

A 32-year-old man was arrested in the car park of a Bankstown shopping centre on Sunday and charged with "dealing with the suspected proceeds of crime". Bail was granted and he will appear at Bankstown Local Court on August 12.

Six men and two women, aged between 17 and 50, have previously been charged with a combined total of 545 fraud-related offences. Their cases are before the courts.

To avoid being a victim of identity fraud, police advise the public to shred old bank statements and credit card bills. Mail boxes should be secure to prevent letters from being stolen, and people should be cautious when giving out personal information over the phone or on the internet.
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