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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Woman faces 70 charges over alleged wedding dress fraud

Queensland Police have charged a 53-year-old Beaudesert woman with 70 counts of fraud following a six-month investigation involving a wedding dress business in Cairns.

Police say Operation Victor Rickenbacker was established in July 2023 after a Cairns woman allegedly gave her custom wedding dress to a bridal company in September 2022 for dry cleaning, before seeing it had been sold to another person on social media.

Cairns detectives executed a search warrant at properties in Edmonton, Cairns North and Smithfield over the following months and allegedly seized electronic devices, documents and replica wedding gowns (pictured, below).

During the investigation, it will be alleged an additional 69 victims from across Queensland contacted police with similar complaints between January 2019 and July 2023.

The 53-year-old Beaudesert woman was arrested at a Cryna Rd address and has since been charged with 70 counts of fraud.

She is scheduled to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on January 30.

Officer in charge of Cairns Criminal Investigation Branch, Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Matt Hogan said the outcome of the six-month investigation was a result of outstanding police work.

“Detectives worked tirelessly and in cooperation with the 70 alleged victims during this six-month operation,” Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Hogan said.

“There may be more victims yet to contact police, if you have any information about suspected fraudulent businesses, please report it to Policelink.”

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