Gold Coasters charged as part of crypto money-laundering investigation

Four Gold Coasters have been charged as part of a major cryptocurrency money-laundering investigation in New South Wales.

Men from Nerang, Main Beach, Paradise Point and Surfers Paradise received Court Notices last month as part of the ongoing investigation.

It began in September last year, with detectives looking into a criminal syndicate involved in cyber-enabled money laundering.


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So far, seven people including two men and five women have been charged over their roles.

Another six from Queensland, including the four Gold Coasters, have now been charged as well.

Cybercrime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Matt Craft, alleges this is an organised criminal group that has been operating across state and territory borders.

“Cybercrime investigators across the country and internationally are collaborating more and more and sharing real-time information in a bid to disrupt and prevent cyber-criminals from causing harm,” Det Supt Craft said.

“What Strike Force Curns represents is those relationships being put into practice and law enforcement coming together nationally to make a real difference.

“Individuals may think if they target victims in NSW from outside our jurisdiction that they are safe, however they should be assured the Cybercrime Squad is actively watching,” he said.

The charges are below:

A 23-year-old Murwillumbah woman was charged with participate in criminal group, and four counts of recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

A 23-year-old Nerang man was charged with participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, and five counts of recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

A 33-year-old Mount Gravatt man was charged with participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, and four counts of recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

A 46-year-old Main Beach man was charged with participate criminal group contribute criminal, and two counts of recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

A 66-year-old Paradise Point man was charged with participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, and five counts of recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

A 67-year-old Surfers Paradise man was charged with participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, and recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

All six people are due to appear at Central Local Court today (Monday 31 May 2021).

Investigations are continuing.

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Some people don’t know an honest job when they get bitten in the b*** by one.