The Home Affairs Minister has revealed more Irish tourists have tried to enter the country in a bid to join a group of scammers conning their way around southeast Queensland.
Peter Dutton said they had tried to come to Australia but have been blocked at the border and deported.
“A number of them have already left the country,” Mr Dutton confirmed on 2GB radio on Thursday.
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“There are others that have tried to come in. They’ve been detained, as I’m advised, and turned around.
“People now will move onto our alert list so that it is very hard for them to return.”
Queensland Police on Saturday revealed that 12 official complaints had now been levelled against the group of five men and four women on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.
The women are accused of distracting shop attendants while their children fill prams with stolen goods, while the men allegedly scam thousands of dollars from vulnerable elderly residents.
They have also been accused of trashing hotel rooms and rorting local restaurants.
Queensland Police are still searching for four members (pictured above) they believe are lying low.