Nigerian man, 43,Fisayo Oluwafemi orchestrated A$3 million Australia dollar email scam from inside an immigration detention centre in Sydney New South Wales Police reports.
The multimillion-dollar email scam was carried out of Villawood immigration detention centre, using 16 mobile phones and 17 sim cards, police will allege in court.
DetSupt Arthur Katsogiannis from NSW police said investigators believe the money more than A$3m (£1.6; $2.2m) was sent to Nigeria, and that it was “highly unlikely” any funds would ever be recovered. Man, 20, and two women, 20 and 36, were arrested elsewhere in Sydney.
The 20-year-old man was charged with seven counts of recklessly dealing with the proceeds of crime, possess identity information with intent to commit an indictable offence and possess drug implement. Police attest he was involved in the syndicate and laundered $90,000.
Police allege the 20-year-old woman laundered $17,000 fraudulently under Oluwafemi’s alleged scam racket. Supol Katsogiannis said that Australian police and global law enforcement agencies would continue investigations to try to track down the money.
Oluwafemi was taken to Bankstown Police Station after Strike Force Woolana investigators, assisted by Australian Border Force, searched the detention centre. He was refused bail and is due to appear in Bankstown local court on Friday.