Alleged Sydney crime gang mum granted bail

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A woman allegedly linked to Sydney's Alameddine crime family has been granted bail after being accused of using a fake COVID-19 vaccination certificate to retain her job as a primary school teacher.

After being arrested at her Merrylands West home on Tuesday, Jeanette Catherine Jeske, 55, appeared in Fairfield Local Court where bail was granted.

Police allege that Jeske obtained the fraudulent vaccine certificate through her links to the Alameddine family, and supplied it to her workplace where she works as an administrative manager.

She has been charged with dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception, dealing with the proceeds of crime less than $100,000, and participating in a criminal group.

Jeske's barrister Winston Terracini SC said on Wednesday that his client would plead not guilty to the charges.

Mr Terracini accused Strikeforce Raptor officers of mistreating Jeske and putting her in handcuffs due to an outrageous, fantastic, made-up charge.

"They leaked it to the media ... they trashed our house after they searched it and they videoed us after," he told the court.

"This has just got to stop. We were threatened by these hooligans."

Under Jeske's bail conditions, she is to be on good behaviour, attend Merrylands Police Station weekly, reside at her Merrylands home, and avoid associating with certain people.

She will have to forfeit $20,000 if she breaches any of these conditions, and will next come before Mount Druitt Local Court on September 14.

Her son and alleged Alameddine associate Trent Mathew Jeske, 25, also appeared at Fairfield Local Court on Tuesday.

The Merrylands man is in custody over his alleged involvement as a member of Ready 4 War, a subgroup of the Alameddine network.

Charges include supplying large quantities of illicit drugs, knowingly or recklessly directing criminal groups, and knowingly deriving a benefit from that criminal group.

He will next appear before Fairfield Local Court on September 14.

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