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Gang Stalked Casino Losers

29 November 2005

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australia Herald Sun: "A crime gang stalked Crown casino to recruit financially strapped punters to launder $1.5 million through their bank accounts, a court has heard.

"The frauds, who stole the cash from Westpac Bank customers, offered vulnerable gamblers a commission to help them move the money.

"The County Court was told almost 40 people were enlisted in the scam between May 2003 and May 2004. Each new recruit was encouraged to find more participants.

"With the help of an unidentified Westpac mortgage processing centre employee, the gang accessed account details of 75 unsuspecting clients.

"Prosecutor Damien Hannan told the court funds from the accounts were transferred via internet banking to recruits' accounts, who were paid a share of proceeds after withdrawing the cash.

"Recruits were also paid $200 for every other gambler enlisted at Crown…"

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