Sydney's $91,000 Puppy Scam

53-Year-Old Man Arrested for Puppy Fraud

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A Sydney man has been arrested over his alleged role in a $91,000 puppy scam.

The 53-year-old is accused of receiving deposits totalling $91,580 from twenty-three would-be dog owners before allegedly laundering the payments through cryptocurrency.

The ‘designer puppies’ were being sold for “somewhere in the vicinity of $2000 to $5000 per puppy”, according to Detective Inspector Glenn Morfoot.

During the course of the recent pandemic, there has been a high demand for puppies, creating a rich environment for these particular frauds”, he said.

The man was arrested during a search at a George Street home on Tuesday.

Police will allege that a multinational crime syndicate was at the heart of the operation, with the arrested being used as a money mule.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or here 

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