A 56-year-old man has been arrested at a home on the northern Gold Coast following a joint investigation into allegations of identity, visa, citizenship and passport fraud.
The man was taken into custody in the early hours of Wednesday, after Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force executed a search warrant at a house in Pimpama.
During the raid, investigators seized a number of items from the home.
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The man appeared at the Southport Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday before he was extradited to appear before Parramatta Local Court today in relation to an outstanding arrest warrant for passport fraud charges.
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.
The joint investigation remains ongoing.