A woman suspected of being part of a $4 million family day care fraud syndicate in Sydney has been caught on video swearing and threatening police during her arrest.
Detectives investigating family day care fraud initially charged 17 people in May over their links to a fake business called Red Roses Family Day Care.
Police have since charged a further 22 people over their alleged role in the criminal syndicate, which raked in about $4 million in rebates in 10 months by exploiting the federal government's childcare subsidy scheme.
As part of further inquiries, seven women – aged 32, 35, 47, two aged 41 and two aged 43 – were arrested at homes in Sydney’s south west on Tuesday and taken to local police stations.
During one of the arrests, a woman, wearing an Adidas jumper and head scarf, was caught on video shouting and swearing at a police officer who was filming.
As she exited a police vehicle, she pointed at the camera and shouted at the person filming her arrest, saying: “Get that away from my face.
“I'm going to stick my finger up your f***ing a*** you f***ing w***er,” the woman added, as she held up her middle finger.
Red Roses Family Day Care looked like a legitimate business operating out of multiple sites in Sydney and Wollongong, police say.
Police will allege in court that the women provided the personal details of their children and knowingly participated in activities associated with making fraudulent claims.
“Investigators have now charged 39 people involved in this syndicate and more arrests are expected,” said State Crime Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith.
“This should act as a further warning for anyone else involved in similar syndicates – you are being monitored and we will arrest anyone who intends to make fraudulent family day care claims.”
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