A Nigerian man has been charged with defrauding victims of almost $3 million through an alleged romance, identification and business scam he was running from inside Sydney's Villawood Detention Centre.
The Conservative Party has highlighted the case as symptomatic of the problems within Australia's current immigration system. A ban on mobile phones in detention centres has been under legal siege from the politically correct brigade, while a bill to make them illegal has languished in the Senate since February this year.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports, police will allege that Fisayo Oluwafemi, 43, was the kingpin of a four-person strong crime syndicate that has defrauded various small business owners, identity theft victims and would-be lovers since the start of the year.
Police say that Mr Oluwafemi ran the scam from inside the immigration detention facility by using 16 mobile phones.
The syndicate's various activities allegedly involved romance scams, sending emails pretending to be from accounts payable, stealing identities and the fraudulent sale of products.
He was arrested inside Villawood Detention Centre on Thursday morning and charged with knowingly directing the activities of a criminal group, two counts of dealing with the proceeds of crime and possessing identity information to commit an offence.
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