Alleged romance scammer refused bail again

Margaret Scheikowski
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A Sydney alleged love scammer also accused of being involved in a $9.7 million fraud syndicate has failed in her third attempt to be released on bail.

Siriluck Fatima Chimmalee, 28, faces more than 50 charges, some related to an alleged sophisticated romance scam involving connecting with NSW men via online dating platforms.

Other charges relate to an alleged $9.7 million fraud syndicate targeting the Thai-Australian community.

She's accused of making out she was a registered remitter and advertised inflated rates for exchanging money.

In the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday, Justice Robert Allan Hulme struck out her application for a third release bid after she was refused bail by other judges in October and April.

He rejected a claim she had new grounds on which to base the application including that her father-in-law had now offered to pay for her to wear an electronic monitor if released.

Justice Hulme said there was no evidence why this was not previously proposed, neither was there evidence as to the source of funds to pay for the monitor.

He noted her case involved involved "large and unaccounted" for sums alleged to be the proceeds of crime, with the fraud offences said to approach $10 million.

Her second ground related to concerns Chimmalee would interfere with crown witnesses if granted bail.

The court was previously told that she had contacted a witness 112 times from jail, but her lawyer told Justice Hulme the calls had been unsuccessful as the phone number was blocked.

The judge noted she had "persisted in that endeavour" and also was accused of threatening the man prior to her arrest.

Some of her matters are listed for mention in Burwood Local Court on February 17, while other are listed for arraignment in the District Court on February 19.