A suspect transaction report triggered AUSTRAC’s automated monitoring system, revealing a syndicate using a technique known as ‘cuckoo smurfing’ to launder funds, suspected to be the proceeds of illicit drug sales.
AUSTRAC information assisted a law enforcement investigation into a suspected child exploitation website which led to the arrest of more than 20 individuals.
A multi-million dollar money laundering syndicate was dismantled following a 12-month joint agency investigation, which uncovered a currency exchange business being used to launder the proceeds of crime for a European drug syndicate
AUSTRAC information assisted authorities to identify transactions associated with the illegal importation and possession of human growth hormones.
An Australian law enforcement agency arrested and charged two suspects for importing nearly AUD2 million worth of cocaine into Australia from South America. AUSTRAC information assisted the investigation by linking the suspects to the purchase of the drugs and the methods used to pay for and import the drugs.
A law enforcement agency used AUSTRAC financial transaction data to investigate a suspect who was selling counterfeit vehicle parts on the Australian market.
A joint-agency investigation led to the arrest of five suspects on charges of conspiring to commit a terrorist attack on an Australian army base. Investigations revealed the group had sent funds destined for use by the Somalia-based terrorist group, al-Shabaab.
An Albanian organised crime syndicate operating in Australia used an online betting service and an internet payment system to launder illicit proceeds from the sale of cannabis.
A law enforcement investigation into a suspected drug importation syndicate led to the arrest of a number of suspects and the seizure of a large amount of cash and commercial quantity of drugs.