A fraudster who spent up big on Louis Vuitton using the bank cards of unsuspecting victims was tripped up when he gave his girlfriend's name at the luxury store.
Siang Ng netted nearly half a million dollars as part of a scam in 2017 and 2018, using fake drivers licences to withdraw cash and make large purchases
It was a sophisticated operation, but the Malaysian citizen who came to Australia on a student visa was far from a sophisticated criminal.
The 29-year-old was sentenced in Victoria's County Court to six months behind bars on Wednesday over his role in the operation, the full extent of which hasn't been uncovered.
For his part he pleaded guilty to nine charges of obtaining financial advantage by deception, totalling more than $472,000. He also admitted attempting to obtain $72,000 over four occasions.
His visa expired in 2016 and he was an unlawful citizen through his nearly 12-month period of offending between 2017 and 2018.
With several co-accused he used fraudulent identification to withdraw thousands of dollars from three different bank account holders.
Some of the funds were transferred to bank accounts and other members of the enterprise splashed cash on Rolex watches and purchases directly from Louis Vuitton.
Ng bought three mobile phones for $15,000 and later spent $2500 at a fashion store, giving his girlfriend's name and their previous home address.
At another store Ng spent nearly $17,000 on leather goods, costume jewellery and handbags, handing over his VIP account details.
At Louis Vuitton he splashed out $29,000 on luxury items and gave the clerk his girlfriend's name when making the purchases.
The scam involved some members of the group going into a bank with fraudulent identification documents and transferring funds from bank accounts, without the account holder's knowledge.
In October 2017 NG sent a message to someone called Mel, telling them "my workers now at bank".
Prosecutors said at a hearing in July that the texts made it unclear how senior Ng was in the operation.
Police searched Ng's home in mid-2018 and discovered a collection of luxury goods that he claimed were his own.
He spent more than two years in immigration detention before being taken into custody last month. He'll be deported once his sentence is completed.