Man arrested in Hurstville after fake passports were used to obtain $300,000

A man, 24, has been arrested in Hurstville after an investigation into altered Australian passports.

In October 2015, the Identity Security Strike Team began looking at fraudulently altered Australian passports that were used to commit fraud in Sydney.

Investigators were alerted to a fraudulently altered Indonesian passport, which was seized at a bank in the Sydney CBD in November.

As a result of their inquiries, police found a number of bank accounts had been fraudulently accessed using altered Australian or Indonesian passports.

About 7.30am on Monday a man, 24, was arrested by ISST investigators at a home in Hurstville.

He was taken to Hurstville police station and charged with 12 counts of fraud and two counts of dealing with identity information.

Police will allege in court the man had used a fraudulently altered Australian passport to obtain more than $300,000 from financial institutions in one day.

He was granted bail to appear in Sutherland Local Court on November 29.

State Crime Command’s Fraud and Cybercrime Squad Commander Arthur Katsogiannis said investigations are continuing.

“As part of our ongoing inquiries, we have released images of two men we believe may be able to assist the investigation,” he said.

“We urge the community to have a look at the images and contact us if they can provide any information to assist.

“You can provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.’’

The offence of dealing with identification information carries a penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment.