Australia: Canberra man charged over money laundering scheme as AFP seize luxury cars, houses and goods

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Eight properties and four luxury vehicles have been seized by police as part of a $10 million haul following a money laundering investigation.

Australian Federal Police searched two Canberra homes and a storage unit on Thursday and seized more than $1.5 million in cash as well as documents and electronic devices.

Police allege four cars worth more than $800,000, 28 bank accounts and about $600,000 in cryptocurrency are suspected of being the proceeds of crime.

A 35-year-old man was charged with dealing in properties reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime, and faces three years in prison  © Provided by Daily Mail A 35-year-old man was charged with dealing in properties reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime, and faces three years in prison Police allege four cars worth more than $800,000, 28 bank accounts and about $600,000 in cryptocurrency are suspected of being the proceeds of crime © Provided by Daily Mail Police allege four cars worth more than $800,000, 28 bank accounts and about $600,000 in cryptocurrency are suspected of being the proceeds of crime

A 35-year-old man was charged with dealing in properties reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime, and faces three years in prison.

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Police will allege the man laundered cash and cryptocurrency from the sale of stolen identities and illegal goods, as well as money from fraudulent scams and illegal online gambling.

The man is on bail and will face court at a later date.

Operation Nairana began in late 2020 when the FBI and US Internal Revenue Service tipped off authorities that an Australian-based person was using cryptocurrency to launder money.

AFP Acting Commander Scott Raven labelled money laundering a threat to national security.

'Money laundering is also heavily used to fund further criminal activities that impact our community's safety,' he said.

'The AFP has a unique ability to disrupt groups suspected of criminal activity where it hurts them the most; seizing their profits and preventing them from using those funds in future ventures.

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'This case demonstrates that the AFP will be relentless in pursuing those allegedly involved in global money laundering activities, to ensure that those suspected of dealing in the proceeds of crime cannot enjoy the benefits of their illicitly obtained wealth.'

FBI Legal Attaché Nitiana Mann said the FBI said the organisation would continue to work with international partners to combat money laundering.

'It is because of our collaboration with law enforcement and intelligence partners that outcomes like this continue to exemplify our commitment to protect the integrity of our financial systems,' he said.

AFP Acting Commander Scott Raven labelled money laundering a threat to national security © Provided by Daily Mail AFP Acting Commander Scott Raven labelled money laundering a threat to national security FBI Legal Attaché Nitiana Mann said the FBI said the organisation would continue to work with international partners to combat money laundering © Provided by Daily Mail FBI Legal Attaché Nitiana Mann said the FBI said the organisation would continue to work with international partners to combat money laundering Read more

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