Two males arrested while using Western Australian fake IDs to gain access to “schoolie” zone
Two 21-year-old males have been arrested by South-West Police for the manufacture and use of Western Australian fake IDs and documents to gain wristbands allowing access to restricted areas designated for school leavers.
The pair travelled from Perth with the intent of participating in “schoolies”, annual week long parties for high-school leavers. People attempting to participate in such events despite no longer being of high-school age are often referred to as “toolies”. Access to the events is often restricted by wristbands.
According to Inspector Geoff Stewart the suspects used the forged documents and identification to illegally obtain wristbands and entry. Police apprehended one suspect at the scene, while the other suspect was arrested at his lodgings.
The suspects have been returned to Perth while awaiting trial for benefit by fraud, an offence which carries a maximum penalty of 2 years in prison for when prosecuted in local courts and 10 years at the federal level.
In an unrelated incident, four teenagers have been charged and another four cautioned on drugs related offences connected to the possession of cannabis and methamphetamines.
Queensland police have found high-quality ID printers that in a Caboolture apartment along with 500 ID cards that were believed to be used for fraudulent purposes. Also seized were driver’s licenses, Medicare cards and mobile phones.
A police spokesperson from Queensland Police stated that the cards could have been used to commit crimes of terror, as well as to for money-laundering purposes and travelling under the radar.
Attached is a photo of the Fake ID cards and Fake ID printer seized.
A fraud network creating fake id, credit cards, pay slips and employment records with non-existent companies — and even a fake secretary answering a phone to back up the created identity — has been dismantled by police in Sydney.
In one of the most sophisticated fraud scams of its kind, the fake documents were used to create bank accounts and obtain loans and credit cards from financial institutions.
Police believe a “considerable” number of Australians have likely had their identities stolen by the Sydney crime syndicate. It’s too early to know exactly how many people were targeted.