– A former champion skateboarder and successful graphic artist who once designed a jumper for AFL club Geelong has lost an appeal against an immediate prison term for his role in an international organised crime syndicate’s fraudulent credit card scams in Melbourne.
A judge heard Tin Yu Rocky Ng, 38, was caught last October in phone calls intercepted during a joint AFP-Victoria Police operation talking with a syndicate figure.
The County Court was told on Monday that Ng was then on parole after serving four years jail for trafficking a commercial quantity of methamphetamine.
Kristie Eales, prosecuting, said the Malaysian-based syndicate imported fake credit cards then encoded them with details stolen from Australian and global banking customers. She said cards were “skimmed” and sold online for use by criminal syndicates, including the Melbourne-based one which coordinated daily shopping trips for members.
Police who later raided Ng’s home found $21,480 cash, an iPad, two iPhones and sales receipts from purchases using fake cards on computers.
He pleaded guilty in October to two charges, that including dealing with money suspected of being the proceeds of crime, and appealed on Monday a magistrate’s six-month sentence to Judge Frances Millane.
Theo Kassimatis, defending, said Ng was a talented sportsman and graphic artist whose work attracted the attention of Geelong, who commissioned him to design some away jerseys for the club. Jailed in 2008 for the drug offence, Ng was on parole when he committed the latest offences because he was owed money by the syndicate figure, he said.
A character witness described Ng, who had worked for him at YMCA as a personal trainer, as diligent, organised and caring.
In jailing him for six months, Judge Millane said Ng had the capacity to better himself, but she expressed some reservations about him reoffending – Steven Butcher