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Detectives from Victoria police have arrested and charged four individuals linked to a Melbourne organized crime syndicate for a string of fraud and deception offenses amounting to almost $4 million. The charges stem from an 18-month investigation that uncovered illicit activities involving the fraudulent acquisition of mobile phones, mortgages, and a car through deceptive means.

The accused individuals, including a 38-year-old man from Keilor Downs, a 33-year-old man from Taylors Lakes, a 32-year-old man from Sydenham, and a 69-year-old man from Melton, face various charges such as obtaining property by deception, handling proceeds of crime, and dealing with property suspected to be proceeds of crime. The alleged fraudulent schemes included the acquisition of mobile phones valued over $2.5 million destined for overseas markets, primarily in Russia, as well as obtaining mortgages and a car worth at least $1.36 million.

Despite the serious charges, all four accused individuals were released on bail and are expected to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court for further legal proceedings. The arrests signal a significant crackdown on organized crime activities in Melbourne and emphasize the efforts of law enforcement authorities in addressing financial crimes within the region.


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Article Title: Melbourne men allegedly sought $2.5m worth of phones to be shipped to Russia and other countries
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