6 MARCH 2020 I A Nepalese student is facing serious legal consequences after pleading guilty to participating in a fraud scheme that robbed an elderly Australian of $5000. The victim is a nursing home resident in Sydney’s northwest.
The 20-year-old international student apparently worked for a “man on the phone”. He reportedly told police that he came in contact with the “man on the phone” after responding to an advertisement on Gumtree.
The charges against the Nepalese man, that he pleaded guilty to at the Burwood Local Court on March 4, are considered so severe that he was denied bail because the police considered him a “flight risk” as well as an “unacceptable risk” to the community.
The man is understood to have arrived in Australia on a student visa in November 2018.
A Daily Telegraph report indicates that the man is “part of a fraud syndicate targeting elderly residents in retirement homes”.
The international student, who continues to languish behind bars after his bail was declined, was apparently caught on camera buying “Stussy cap and T-shirt, and Revolver jeans from General Pants in Parramatta Westfield, as well as Nike sports shoes from Footlocker, and JBL Bluetooth speakers from JB Hi-Fi”.
He told police the items he bought for himself and a friend was from his share of the fraudulent enterprise, that the “man on the phone” had promised him.
He would transfer rest of the criminal proceeds to a State Bank of India account through a Money-gram machine at a 7-Elevan store.
He also told police that the “man on the phone” instructed him to go to the nursing home and collect the Westpac ATM card from the 86-year-old victim. He is understood to have convinced the nursing home resident by posing as a bank employee trying to help him by investigating a fraudulent access of his account.
The Nepalese student was arrested on March 3 following police investigation.
He is due to return to Burwood Local Court on April 14 for a sentencing hearing.