Men facing charges
A GROUP of Irishmen has been charged and will be deported for allegedly defrauding elderly women in Subiaco, Wembley and Mt Hawthorn for fictitious house repairs during a Perth-wide scam last month.
“We charged five men with 31 offences for alleged crimes that include those in Wembley, Subiaco and Mt Hawthorn,” Detective Sergeant Tony Walton said last week.
It will be alleged the men, who live as travellers in country Ireland and are known to Irish and British authorities, approached seniors across Perth offering home repairs that were either not completed or left incomplete.
It was reported two men in a white ute drove to the Herdsman Parade, Wembley home of a 90year-old woman and said they were from City Insurance checking roofs. The woman paid $200 for a quote but refused $7000 repairs on January 10.
Three days later, an elderly Subiaco resident was approached at her house by a man saying he had been sent to fix the roof and asked the woman to withdraw money from a bank to pay for the repairs. She also refused to comply.
The following day two men allegedly went to the home of an 88-year-old Mt Hawthorn woman, saying her roof needed repairing and she should get the money from a bank.
On January 23, detectives raided Banksia Tourist Park caravan site in Hazelmere where they found the men, including women and children, and allegedly more than $100,000 in cash and two Rolex watches.
It will be alleged the men had operated the scam in Adelaide and Victoria before Perth.
An Irishman (42) was charged with fraud, stealing and unlawful possession.
A 23-year-old was charged with fraud, unlawful possession and criminal damage.
A 19-year-old teenager was charged with three counts each of stealing, trespass, criminal damage, two counts each of fraud and gaining benefit by fraud, and unlawful possession of stolen property.
An 18-year-old was charged with two counts each of fraud and stealing, criminal damage and unlawful possession.
All four will appear at Perth Magistrates Court on February 12.
Later, a 33-year-old Irishman faced a charge of unlawful possession at the court.
All are currently in immigration detention.