Fraudster arrested trying to flee Australia on flight to Singapore

A man who allegedly siphoned $230,000 from several online bank accounts has been arrested after trying to flee the country on a flight to Singapore.

In December 2014, detectives from Kings Cross attended a financial institution at Potts Point after staff reported a woman had attempted to make a suspected fraudulent transaction.

The woman was arrested and detectives established Strike Force Marqui to investigate organised banking fraud.


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Police will allege a criminal syndicate had fraudulently accessed legitimate online bank accounts and transferred more than $230,000 into their own accounts in November and December 2014.

It will be further alleged that some of the fraudulent funds were withdrawn and then transferred via wire exchange to Eastern Europe.

Following extensive inquiries, in August last year police applied for a warrant to arrest a 31-year-old man relating to 13 counts each of dishonestly obtain property by deception and recklessly deal with the proceeds of crime.

He was arrested earlier this week by officers from the Australian Federal Police in Perth, Western Australia, as he attempted to board a plane bound for Singapore.

Kings Cross detectives travelled to Perth where they successfully applied for the man’s extradition. He arrived in Sydney yesterday morning.

The Lithuanian National was taken to Mascot Police Station where he was charged by virtue of the arrest warrants and refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court today.