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$3 million fraud racket at Villawood Detention Centre

Last week, a Villawood Detention Centre detainee was charged by police for running a $3 million fraud racket, whilst imprisoned.

The crime syndicate was headed by a 43 year old Nigerian man who had come to live in Australia. He was charged with knowingly directing activities of a criminal group and knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime.

Investigators said the alleged syndicate was involved in activities including business email compromises, identity theft, romance scams and the fraudulent sale of goods.

This discovery is the perfect example of how dysfunctional some of our prisons are and how we must be mindful when selecting who we let into our country, because taxpayers should not have to fund criminals’ housing and food, especially when it could be prevented with stricter border control.

Australian Border Force Detention Operations Commander Bill Ries said they have long been campaigning for powers to remove phones from detainees within immigration detention centres, yet raids on our prisons have uncovered laptops and inmates having multiple mobile phones.

Mr Ries has said, “We know phones can be used to coordinate escape efforts, as a commodity of exchange, to facilitate the movement of contraband, to convey threats and, in this case, to organise significant criminal activity outside our centres.”

It has even been brought to my attention that inmates are charging each other for rent whilst in detention, and if it is not paid up, threats of violence are made.

Australia is a country built on immigration and we welcome those who want to join us and contribute to our great nation. Those who want to come here, bludge off taxpayers and commit crimes can be deported as far as I’m concerned.

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