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A “legal community member” and an accountant were arrested by police after a series of search warrants were carried out in the country’s capital on Wednesday. ACT police arrested a 47-year-old man after a raid on a Civic law firm. A second person, a 54-year-old man allegedly linked to the attorney, was also arrested after further raids at an accounting firm in Kingston, a grocery store in Queanbeyan and a location in Farrer. Police claim the men facilitated organized crime and met several times. It is believed that they discussed how to work out legal contracts and arrangements that can be used to buy a business to conduct laundering of criminal funds. “The men are charged with money laundering offenses,” police said in a statement. Detective Superintendent Scott Moller said the arrests were based on an eight month investigation into organized crime within the ACT and surrounding areas. Both men have yet to be officially charged. “This is a fantastic result for ACT Policing,” said Detective Moller. “Canberra’s organized crime landscape is evolving [and] criminal activity is getting darker and darker with new technologies and sophisticated methods. “As ACT Policing seeks to track down money from organized crime, we need to find the professional intermediaries too.” He said that some who are involved in organized crime lack the skills to carry out their crimes, so he hired professional mediators “in certain areas such as the financial and legal sectors.” “ACT Policing is aimed at anyone engaging in illegal activities to help criminals retain and legitimize proceeds from crime,” he said. Detective Möller said he was awaiting further arrests and charges. “This was a highly sensitive eight month investigation aimed at covert business practices and services that allowed criminals to continue to commit crimes and hide assets in our community,” he said. “My message today would be if you are a professional organized crime mediator, we will go find you.” We will not stop until we can stop organized crime activities. “The police asked anyone with information to aid their investigation could contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or through the Crime Stoppers ACT website using reference number 6695673. Information may be provided anonymously. More will follow

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December 16, 2020 – 3:40 p.m.

A “legal community member” and an accountant were arrested by police after a series of search warrants were carried out in the country’s capital on Wednesday.

ACT police arrested a 47-year-old man after a raid on a Civic law firm. A second person, a 54-year-old man allegedly linked to the attorney, was also arrested after further raids at an accounting firm in Kingston, a grocery store in Queanbeyan and a location in Farrer.

Police claim the men facilitated organized crime and met several times. It is believed that they discussed how to work out legal contracts and arrangements that can be used to buy a business to conduct laundering of criminal funds.

“The men are charged with money laundering offenses,” police said in a statement.

Detective Superintendent Scott Moller said the arrests were based on an eight month investigation into organized crime within the ACT and surrounding areas.

Both men have yet to be officially charged.

“This is a fantastic result for ACT Policing,” said Detective Moller.

“The organized crime landscape in Canberra is evolving [and] criminal activity is getting darker and darker with new technologies and sophisticated methods.

“As ACT Policing seeks to track down money from organized crime, we need to find the professional intermediaries too.”

He said that some who are involved in organized crime lack the skills to carry out their crimes, so he hired professional mediators “in certain areas such as the financial and legal sectors.”

“ACT Policing is aimed at anyone engaging in illegal activities to help criminals retain and legitimize proceeds from crime,” he said.

Detective Möller said he was awaiting further arrests and charges.

“This was a highly sensitive eight month investigation aimed at covert business practices and services that allowed criminals to continue to commit crimes and hide assets in our community,” he said.

“My message today would be, if you are a professional organized crime mediator, we will go find you.

“We won’t stop until we can stop organized crime activities.”

Police asked anyone with information that might help their investigation to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or through the Crime Stoppers ACT website at 6695673. The information can be provided anonymously.

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