– 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


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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