Man arrested in identity fraud investigation

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A man is due to appear in Parramatta Local Court today after being arrested in Queensland this week, following a joint investigation into allegations of identity, visa, citizenship and passport fraud.

The investigation commenced in early 2017 with information received by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) regarding serious fraud allegations.

Investigations led to a joint operation in Queensland earlier this week, involving investigators from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Australian Border Force (ABF) and DFAT.

During the early hours of Wednesday, 11 July 2018, investigators executed a search warrant at a Pimpama, QLD residential address where a number of items were seized by AFP and ABF officers. A 58-year-old man was arrested in relation to an outstanding arrest warrant.

The outstanding arrest warrant was issued in April 2018 by Parramatta Local Court for failing to appear before court in relation to passport fraud charges.

The man appeared at the Southport Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 11 July. Bail was refused and he was later extradited to appear before the Parramatta Local Court today (Friday, 13 July 2018).

ABF Investigations Commander Graeme Grosse said the operation highlighted how seriously the ABF treated cases involving alleged visa and citizenship fraud.

“The ABF is resolutely focused on combatting attempts to fraudulently obtain Australian citizenship or to compromise the integrity of our migration system. We work closely with all relevant agencies to target those who seek to engage in such activities,” Commander Grosse said.

Charges relating to identity fraud can carry penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment and/or $210,000 fine.

Source: Australian Border Force