A man has been arrested in Sydney over his role in an alleged puppy scam that fleeced thousands of dollars from hopeful dog owners.
New South Wales Police began investigating earlier this month after receiving reports of fake ads for puppies, mostly English Staffordshire Bull Terriers and French Bulldogs.
At least 23 buyers were allegedly defrauded in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania with a multinational crime syndicate believed to be behind the ads.
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It’s alleged they paid deposits for dogs that never existed before the fake breeders cut off contact with the buyers.
A 53-year-old man was arrested in Sydney’s CBD this morning, accused of being a money mule for the multinational crime syndicate.
He’s accused of receiving $91,580 in deposits from buyers before converting the money into cryptocurrency.
Detectives seized electronic devices and documents from an apartment on George St before taking the man to Day St Police Station.
Charges are yet to be laid and investigations are continuing.