Off-duty cop busts fraud gang in Parramatta

Police have arrested two people in Parramatta who they allege are involved in an international fraud syndicate.

Detectives formed Strike Force Kaye earlier this year to investigate fraud offences after numerous electronic devices were found during a search warrant at a property in The Rocks in May. 

The detectives alleged the devices were used by a fraud syndicate involved in hacking, identity crime and other fraud offences, as well as the use of a Costa Rica-based currency transfer and payment-processing company to launder money. 

That company was shut down by an overseas government earlier this year.

About 6.30pm yesterday, an off-duty police officer contacted police after seeing two suspects in a Parramatta hotel.

The woman, 29, and man, 35, were arrested when uniform police arrived.

The woman was charged with six offences, including fraud, participate in a criminal group, and possess identity information. 

The man was charged with fraud and participate in a criminal group.

Both were refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Friday.

Police said inquiries are continuing and further charges expected to be laid against members of the syndicate.

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