New charges for NSW syndicate stealing IDs

Greta Stonehouse
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A criminal syndicate that allegedly accrued $700,000 through illegal activities and accessed about 20,0000 personal records in NSW are facing additional charges.

The group used technology to steal people's identification details in order to acquire fraudulent credit cards to purchase cash, cryptocurrency, telecommunication equipment and household items, police say.

An additional 16 charges were laid against four people on Thursday after five were arrested following the execution of a search warrant in August last year.

Detectives have so far seized more than 300 credit cards, personal identification documentation, about 18kgs of a white substance believed to be the drug ice, 150 mobile phones and more than 300 sim cards.

Luxury handbags worth $50,000 two vehicles and more than $10,000 in cash are also being investigated.

Another 52-year-old Sydney woman has already faced court for the matter.

On Thursday more charges were laid against three men aged 27, 41, and 44, and one woman aged 42, including possessing identity information to commit an offence and directing a criminal group.

Cybercrime squad detectives have been investigating the syndicate since April 2020 and so far charged five people with a total of 119 offences.