Men fac­ing charges

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Your Favourite Things - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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