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Man arrested over fake marriage tied to alleged daycare fraud scheme

A western Sydney man has been arrested for his involvement in an alleged fake marriage scam, which has been linked to an alleged childcare fraud syndicate.

The latest arrest comes after Strike Force Mercury, which was established in July 2018 to investigate fraudulent activities targeting family daycare operations, arrested 13 people on Wednesday, including two ringleaders – a 46-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man.

Detectives now allege that the female ringleader had married a 38-year-old man, who was arrested at Auburn police station this morning, despite not being in a relationship – and that the pair had submitted false and misleading documents and staged photographs in order to secure the man’s partner visa.

He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Burwood Local Court on Thursday, November 12.

“During investigations into CTP Green Slip scams, we learnt that organised crime syndicates will use their tried and tested fraudulent methods in attempts to defraud a variety of other schemes,” said Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, NSW Police’s State Crime Commander.

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