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‘Romance scammer’ accused of fleecing desperate men on online dating sites is stung with new charges

A ‘romance scammer’ accused of fleecing more than $670,000 out of desperate men online has been slapped with fresh charges over the scheme.

Siriluck Fatima Chimmalee, 27, was arrested in February over her alleged involvement in a $9.7million dollar fraud syndicate targeting the Thai-Australian community.   

Chimmalee had allegedly claimed to be a registered remitter and used social media to advertise inflated rates for exchanging money. 

The arrested followed a one-and-a-half year investigation by Strike Force McKeon into reports of fraud and money laundering.  

As investigations continued, detectives uncovered a sophisticated love scam where men were allegedly defrauded after connecting with a woman via online dating platforms.

In May, Chimmalee was hit with a further 26 charges in relation to the alleged romance scam, in which she is accused of making a series of false claims and defrauding multiple men to use their personal financial information to apply for loans and credit cards. 

On Thursday, detectives laid four additional counts of deal with identification information. 

Police will allege in court that the additional charges relate to fraudulent credit card and loan applications. 

Chimmalee is now facing a total of 66 charges relating to an alleged $9.7 million fraud and money laundering syndicate, and romance scam relating to three victims.  

Officers raided Chimmalee’s Strathfield South home when she was first arrested  and found a trove of designer goods.

Officers subsequently seized thousands of dollars worth of high-end fashion clothing items and electronics, including mobile phones and dozens of Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Prada shoes and bags. 

Chimmalee remains in custody and will face Burwood Local Court on August 12. 

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