Three real estate brokers were accused of growing marijuana in drug laboratories. The agents took use of their status to illegally obtain Covid rent reduction funds.
Three realtors were amongst six suspected criminals accused by authorities of obtaining Covid rent reduction funds while operating the houses as hydroponic drug laboratories by using people’s information without their consent. Nasser Kalache, a 52-year-old Fairfield real estate broker and suspected mastermind, was one among those detained during a traffic stop in Cecil Hills. Nasser Kalache was accused of intentionally managing the operations of a criminal syndicate, producing banned substances, obtaining monetary gain by deceit, and intentionally trading with the profits of crime, among other things. As evidenced by his clientele’ testimonies, Nasser Kalache has a depth of local knowledge. He has managed to sell more than three homes this year alone.
Authorities discovered that members of the gang utilized their professions in the real estate business to illegally obtain Covid rental assistance funds by subleasing residences to unknowing citizens. Numerous sizable phony submissions made under the NSW Government’s Covid Residential Tenancy Support Package scheme were discovered throughout the probe. Authorities detained and accused six members of the gang on Wednesday. Soon after Nasser, Claudyous Isaac, aged 44, was detained in Bonnyrigg as authorities conducted a court-ordered search in Cecil Hills and confiscated many goods. Antonio Fedele, aged 35, and Sabrina Losciano, aged 37, were detained at Fairfield Police Headquarters later that day and accused of a range of crimes, including filing a false statement.
Muhammad Al-Nasiri, aged 35, of Smithfield, and Habeb Tomka, aged 23, of Smithfield, were arrested and accused of helping the perpatrators in their crimes. Police in Marrickville apprehended Tomka. Isaac, Al-Nasiri, and Tomka were accused with growing a forbidden substance and plant and being a member of a criminal gang. Bail was denied for Kalache, Isaac, Fedele, Losciano, and Al-Nasiri, who will appear in Fairfield Local Court on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tomka appeared in Newtown Local Court and was given rigorous conditional release. In late May, he will return to Fairfield Local Court.