Brisbane Water and Tuggerah Lakes Police have busted a fraud syndicate, after two women in their nineties were allegedly robbed of more than $40,000 across several months.
Police will allege on February 20, a 91-year-old woman was contacted by a man who claimed he had found her purse, asking her for personal details to confirm her identity.
She then allegedly had more than $29,000 from her bank account.
Police opened an investigation, and found the incident was linked to another defrauding last November, when a 93 year old woman had $12,000 stolen from her account after a man claiming to be a bank manager who had found her wallet. She was also asked for personal details.
Following inquiries, a 38-year-old man, two 36-year-old men, and 30-year-old woman were arrested between August 15th and 16th.
The 38-year-old man, from The Entrance, was charged with 24 counts of dishonestly obtain property by deception and dispose property theft – serious indictable offence.
He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at Gosford Local Court on Tuesday 12 September 2017.
A 36-year-old man, from Mardi, was charged with 17 counts of obtain benefit by deception and driver not disclose identity of driver/passenger.
A 30-year-old woman, from The Entrance, was charged with two counts of dispose property theft – serious indictable offence, goods in personal custody suspected of beubng stole/unlawfully obtained and possess prohibited drug.
Both were granted conditional bail and are due to appear at Gosford Local Court on Tuesday 26 September 2017.
A second 36-year-old man, from Niagara Park, was charged with deal with proceeds of crime.
He is due to reappear at Gosford Local Court on Thursday 26 October 2017.