A FOREIGN credit-card scammer flew into Australia to help steal more than $6.2 million and was found with $60,000 cash in his backpack when he was arrested, a court heard today.
Lai Wong, who was found to have a false Hong Kong passport, was sentenced to five years and nine months jail, with a minimum of four years, after pleading guilty to a range of proceeds of crime and false document offences.
When police searched his rented Mitcham residence, access was given to a locked bedroom by a key hidden in a light fixture and investigators uncovered an office for manufacturing fake credit and debit cards, complete with bank logos, 973 illegal credit cards and thousands more blank cards.
County Court Judge Joe Gullaci said Wong, 39, was an intelligent Malaysian who spoke several languages and came to Australia for the specific purpose of engaging in the credit card and money transfer frauds.
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