Tag: Victoria police

Indian impersonating as AFP officer hoodwinks international student taking away $38,000 cash

AFP scam

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 14 September: Investigators have been told a 27-year-old woman, an international student, was contacted by an ‘Indian appearance’ man claiming to be from Australian Federal Police on 16 August and hoodwinked into handing over $ 38,000 cash. Police are investigating the case.

Detective Senior Constable Damian Faggian, Stonnington Crime Investigation Unit, Victoria Police says, “It just goes to show you how convincing these people are. The victim, in this case, is a well-travelled and intelligent woman but they were still able to convince her to hand over her life savings.

“We certainly hope to make some arrests in this investigation but if we can’t

it is important to get this information out so no one else is taken in by this scam.”

Victoria Police media release says the impersonating man claimed she had a number of credit card debts that if not paid would affect her visa status and any future plans involving overseas travel.

While the victim was on the line, the call was transferred a number of times until a female voice answered and gave the victim instructions on what to do.

The woman was told to withdraw $20,000 from her bank and take the money to the Princes Gardens on Chapel Street in Prahran where she would be meet by an AFP officer.

At the park, the woman handed over the $20,000 in cash to a man but was told she still owed another $20,000.

The victim explained that she only had $18,300 left in her account following which the man told her that she only had to pay $18,000 and she could keep the $300.The victim went back to the bank and withdrew the balance of her account. She then went back to the park and handed over the money to the same man she had met up with earlier.

The woman contacted the police after questioning the legitimacy of the transaction of cash.

Victoria Police say, “The man that took the money is perceived to be of Indian appearance, approximately 178cm tall with dark coloured hair, a beard, big eyes and a thin build.”

Investigators have released an image and CCTV footage of a man they believe will be able to assist with their enquiries.

Detective Superintendent Jayne Crossling said AFP employees will never ask for money transfers, Bitcoins or online vouchers such as iTunes and GooglePlay.

“Scammers take advantage of people’s trusting nature and fear of doing the wrong thing when in many cases it is their first time dealing with authorities,” Detective Superintendent Crossling said.

“Victims can feel an array of emotions – from helplessness and humiliation to anger and guilt – but it is important to know you are not to blame and help is available.

“We are urging anyone who falls victim and suffers a financial loss to report the incident to their financial institution and to local police in the first instance. In some circumstances, banks or authorities can help have funds returned.”

Anyone who recognises the man is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at – www.crimestoppers.com.au

Delhi High Court stays hit-and-run guilty Puneet Puneet extradition to Australia till 20 September, 2021

Delhi High Court

By SAT News Desk

NEW DELHI & MELBOURNE, 3 September 2021: Puneet Puneet, who was arrested on September 2 in New Delhi after being on bail will reappear in court on 20 September. He is facing extradition to Australia from India, where he fled to India on a fake passport after he killed a 19-year-old Queensland student, Dean Hofstee, at Southbank in October 2008.

ANI adds: “The Delhi High Court has put an interim stay till September 20 on a trial court order recommending the extradition of Puneet, an accused in a hit-and-run incident that took place in Australia in 2008.

Puneet was arrested by Patalia Police after four years on the run, at the request of the Australian authorities, after his Melbourne escape in 2009. He had pleaded guilty and was on bail at the time he escaped.

A police statement says, “Victoria Police is aware Puneet Puneet was remanded into custody in India on 2 September. The matter has been adjourned and it is expected he will re-appear on Monday 20 September.”

“While the extradition process continues, Victoria Police will not make any further comment,” the statement says.

Puneet who was charged with culpable driving was given strict bail conditions and was forced to surrender his Indian passport – but he fled to India on June 12, 2009, before being sentenced, using friend Sukhcharanjit Singh’s passport.

Victoria Police had announced a reward of A$ 100,000 for information leading to the location, arrest, and subsequent return to Victoria of Puneet Puneet.

An ABC report says, ” Earlier, a Victorian government spokesman said the state was working closely with the federal government to make sure Puneet was extradited back to Victoria as quickly as possible.

“Mr. Puneet needs to return to Victoria to face the consequences of his actions, and we won’t rest until justice is served,” a state government spokesman said.

Mohinder Singh gets 22 years jail for death of four cops on Eastern Freeway


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 14 April 2021: Forth-eight years old Mohinder Singh’s sentencing today live-streamed in the morning today, closed the chapter of the Eastern Freeway (Kew) crash which killed four cops on 22 April last year – Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, and Constable Presley.

Senior Constable Kevin King, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Constable Joshua Prestney and Constable Glen Humphris.

Mohinder pleaded guilty to eight charges, including culpable driving causing death and drug-taking, reports abc.net.au.Mohinder was sentenced by Justice Coghlan at the Supreme Court of Victoria to serve 18 years and 6 months minimum term. He has already served 357 days in jail.

Constable Prestney’s father read out a statement on behalf of the victims’ families:

On behalf of the families and loved ones of Lynette, Kevin, Josh, and Glenn, I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to those members of the public and first responders that were at the scene of the collision on the 22nd of April 2020, for the care and respect that was shown to our loved ones.

Even though we do not know them all, we share a history with them now and forever.

We would like to thank the members of the Major Collision Investigation Unit, especially Detective Sergeant Roz Wilson and the Paragon Taskforce for their dedication to the investigation and the respect and care that they have shown to us and our loved ones.

We also wish to thank all the emergency services and members of Victoria Police for their assistance through this time.

Even though justice has now been served in relation to the actual collision, no amount of punishment can replace the loss of our loved ones and the missing place at our tables that will be felt by us for the rest of our lives.

Finally, we would like to thank the people of Victoria, the people of Australia, and those from around the world for their outpouring of love and for embracing us with their hearts.

We are consoled by the fact that our four will not be forgotten as we continue to carry them in our hearts.

Crime Stoppers materials in your own language

Source- crimestoppers.com.au

By SAT Newe Desk

MELBOURNE, 26 March 2021: The ‘Crime Stoppers’ encourages people to report about “unsolved crimes and suspicious activity”. To make things easy it has developed the “It’s what you know, not who you are” campaign in some of Australia’s most common languages. Available in Arabic, Chinese (Traditional and Simple), Greek, Hindi, Italian, Mandarin, Punjabi, and Vietnamese, the materials help to encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities to share what they know with Crime Stoppers.

“Crime happens across all different cultural backgrounds, which is why we want people to know that Crime Stoppers is here for everyone. Even though some people might come from countries that are war-torn or have an embedded distrust of police and authority, we are an independent program that acts as a trusted link between the community and police for anyone with information about unsolved crime and suspicious activity,” says the crime Stoppers site.

CLICK HERE to download DL-sized brochures in Arabic, Chinese Simple, Chinese Traditional, English, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Punjabi, and Vietnamese. You can also download A3 posters in these languages.

Crime Stoppers also has got a great range of 15 seconds, 30 seconds, and 60 seconds animated videos for you to download and share with your friends, family, and community in all of the languages above, at its YouTube channel.

Two charged following counter terrorism operation in Melbourne

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 18 March 2021: In a joint counter terrorism operation by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Victoria Police and the AISO ( Australian Security Intelligence Organisation), and other agencies which form part of the Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) have charged two men following an operation yesterday.

Video source- AFP

Three males were arrested in Epping and Pascoe Vale this morning. Those arrested were 20, 19, and 16 years old respectively. An AFP media release says, “It will be alleged that a 19-year-old Epping man attempted to engage in a terrorist act. He was interviewed by police in relation to suspected terrorism offenses. A 20-year-old Epping man also remains in custody while a 16-year-old Pascoe Vale youth was released pending further inquiries.

A 19-year-old Epping man has been charged with an attempted terrorist act, intentionally cause injury, act in preparation of terrorist act, and membership of a prescribed terrorist organisation (ISIS). A 20-year-old Epping man has been charged with one count of attempted terrorist act.

Both are expected to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today. A 16-year-old Pascoe Vale boy has been released without charge.

The trio was arrested yesterday as part of a Victoria Joint Counter Terrorism Team investigation. The operation is ongoing, however, at this time police do not anticipate further arrests. Furthermore, the arrests are not linked to any previous operational activity.

Victoria police have urged anyone with information about an extremist activity or possible threats to the community should come forward, no matter how small or insignificant you may think the information may be. Report any suspicious activity to Triple Zero (000), Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00.