Fairfield West man charged over alleged role in rebirthing criminal syndicate

Fairfield West man charged over alleged role in rebirthing criminal syndicate

Detectives have charged a further five men - including a 47-year-old from Fairfield West- over their alleged involvement in a coordinated rebirthing criminal syndicate operating across NSW.

In November last year, detectives from the Financial Crimes Squad's Motor Unit established Strike Force Piddington to investigate fraudulent CTP green slips linked to the coordinated theft, rebirthing and on-sale of stolen motor vehicles and vessels by a criminal syndicate operating across Sydney.

Between May and June 2020, Strike Force Piddington investigators conducted numerous search warrants at locations across Sydney, including Ermington, Lidcombe, Granville, Kentlyn, Yennora and Telopea.

During the searches, police seized six stolen vessels, six stolen boat trailers and 12 stolen vehicles - including three Landcruiser utility's owned-by and purpose-built for the NSW Rural Fire Service with an estimated combined value of nearly $290,000.

The recovered vehicles and vessels were estimated to be worth more than $1.25 million.

Earlier this year, five men - aged 25, 26, 32 and two aged 27 - were arrested. All five were charged and remain before the courts.

As part of ongoing inquiries, strike force detectives have since charged a further five men including a 47-year-old Fairfield West man on August 18. He was issued a Court Attendance Notice for two counts of recklessly dealing in the proceeds of crime and two counts of publishing false and misleading material to obtain advantage. He is due to appear at Parramatta Local Court today.

Investigations under Strike Force Piddington are continuing and further arrests are expected.

Anyone with information about organised car theft and re-birthing is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.