WA Police have charged two Brazilian Nationals following investigations into a Brazilian established criminal network, which involved in card skimming offences committed in Perth back in December 2019.
The operations began after several card skimming devices are located on several ATMs across the Perth metro area, including 2 in Northbridge, 2 in Fremantle and 2 in Doubleview.
Police alleges that the card skimming devices were first attached to two ATMs in Doubleview on Wednesday 18th, December, 2019, and two ATMs in Fremantle on Friday 20th, December, 2019.
Persons of Interest have been identified as the bank involved assisted Police directly.
On the 2nd, January, 2020, Two men have been arrested and several items of interest were seized after police have executed a search warrant at a property in Bennett Street, East Perth.
They include cameras, blank plastic cards, and other equipments appears to be related to ATM card skimming activity.
Suspicious bank transactions were identified after a series of funds were sent to Brazil in late 2019, after detectives sought assistance from AUSTRAC (Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre). The investigation into the origin of those funds is ongoing.
A 39-year-old male Brazilian National, who currently resides in East Perth on a temporary visa, has been charged with:
- 2 x Stealing
- 2 x Possession of identification material with intent to commit an offence
- 2 x Possession of identification equipment with intent that it be used to commit an offence
- 1 x Made, used or supplied identification material with intent to commit an offence
He was refused bail and appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday 3 January 2020. He is next due to appear in the same court today, Friday 24 January 2020.
Meanwhile, the second 39 year old male Brazilian Nation who’s on a temporary visa has been charged with Property Laundering. He appeared on court on the 10 January 2020, and is next due to appear in the same court on Friday 7 February 2020.
Several lines of inquiry has been made in Brazil regarding other people of interest on this investigation, and Police are working to investigate the matters further with national and international law enforcement partners.
During a press conference this afternoon, WA Police Detective Senior Sergeant Ken Foster said the arrests caused a significant blow to the crime network.
“The arrests in Western Australia have disrupted the business model being used here by the Brazilian criminal network, and provided valuable intelligence in respect to other, more senior members based in Brazil,” he said.
“Our efforts do not stop with the local arrests – we will continue to work with our national and international law enforcement partners to further pursue those other members of the criminal network”
“Brazil may be 15,000km away, but we have relationships that help bridge that distance, and we intend on pursuing those people who commit serious crimes in Western Australia, and those who facilitate those crimes, regardless of where they are hiding.”