Taurangi woman, who was allegedly involved in a huge online shopping scam involving over $700,000 worth of goods, has been charged with fraud.
Key points:The 17-year-old was charged with three counts of fraudThe teenager allegedly used an online shopping site to obtain over $1.5 million worth of merchandiseThe woman was taken into custody at a Melbourne airportPolice are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The woman allegedly used the online shopping website to obtain goods for sale, including some items that were not actually on sale, according to the Taurangan Times.
“She was making a bit of money, but not enough to pay the bills and then she would take all the money and go and shop online,” Detective Inspector Matt Hickey said.
“There was a lot of money going through her bank account, and she would make a few hundred dollars off of that.”
Detective Inspector Hickey and his partner, Detective Inspector Michael Scott, were sent to the teenager’s home in the suburb of Tauraki, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Detective Superintendent Michael Hickey was at the home and said the teenager was in the bedroom when he received a call from his partner.
“The officer came back in, he said she was lying in bed, she had been there for an hour and half, so we got the paramedics in there and she was obviously very distressed,” Detective Superintendent Hickey told news.com.””
She’s a bit shocked that we’ve got to come in here, she said she’s had no contact with her family.
“Det Supt Hickey believes the teenager is now on the run.”
I think she’s in some kind of hiding place, because she’s not telling anyone, she’s been living with friends and family and there’s been no contact, and then we got a call at the airport,” Detective Sergeant Hickey explained.”
We have a very good lead on her, she went into the house and there was a big search and it turned out that she had actually been in a nearby motel.
“Police have appealed to anyone with any information about the alleged scam to contact Crimestoppers.
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