A Chinese language nationwide has been charged over an ‘illegal tobacco ring’ working out of Melbourne which allegedly used a string of faux ID’s and fraudulent identities.
A 37-year-old man was arrested after a year-long investigation culminated in a Glen Waverley property being raided in southeast Melbourne earlier within the week.
He was charged with one depend of importing with the intent of defrauding the income and appeared in Melbourne Justice of the Peace’s Courtroom on Thursday.
The ABF alleged that thousands of parcels containing illegal tobacco had been shipped to a PO Field utilizing a string of faux IDs and fraudulent identities.
The investigation started in February 2020 when the ABF obtained a tip off about over 16,000 tobacco parcels arriving from China.
When the Glen Waverley property was raided, they allegedly found $19,000 in money, a money skimming machine, faux passports and drivers licences and machines used to create false identification.
Victorian police additionally allegedly seized a small amount of marijuana and weapons.
“This arrest must be a warning to any would-be felony pondering of partaking in illegal exercise,” Appearing ABF Commander Nick Walker stated.
“The objects seized beneath the warrant are indicative of a variety of offences, from identification fraud to monetary crime, and the results will probably be extreme.”