Following the arrest of six people this week for fraud offences, police have allegedly dismantled a fraudulent credit card operation and charged a further six people.
Information was received by police from the State Crime Operations Command Fraud and Corporate Crime Group that three people were committing similar offences at a postal retail shop in the city.
Yesterday police conducted a search of a vehicle and residence in Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley and allegedly located 28 counterfeit credit cards, 42 gift cards (worth approximately $13,000) and a number of documents supporting false identification.
A 28-year-old man and 27-year-old man were both charged with receiving tainted property and a 39-year-old woman was charged with one count of fraud, one of personation and one of possession of tainted property. All are believed to be Malaysian nationals.
In a second incident, three people were yesterday charged on the Gold Coast after a man and a woman attempted to purchase a handbag from a high end retailer using fake credit cards.
Just after 1pm, Gold Coast police were called to the store in Surfers Paradise. It is believed a credit card produced by the two to purchase the bag had been declined.
The couple is alleged to have been found in the possession of fake credit cards and driver’s licences. A search of a Southport residence has located equipment allegedly believed to be used in the manufacture of counterfeit credit cards, including a computer, printer, embosser, card scanner and stamping machine. In addition to this a number of blank and partial cards were located along with credit card number lists and shopping locations.
A 35-year-old Parkwood woman was charged with one count each of deal with identification information, attempted fraud, fraud, personation and receiving tainted property. A 34-year-old Southport man was charged with two counts of possessing instruments of forgery, two counts of deal with identification information, one count of attempted fraud, one count of fraud, one count of personation and two counts of receiving tainted property. A third person located at the residence, a 36-year-old Southport man was charged with two counts of possess instruments of forgery, one count of forgery and one count of receiving tainted property.