-She helped catch a corrupt Victorian Fraud Squad detective but a Malaysian woman recruited by an international crime syndicate to help steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from Melbourne businesses has been jailed for at least 21 months.
Hundreds of counterfeit credit cards from countries including the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Korea, Albania and Yugoslavia were used by the gang in what County Court judge David Parsons described as a highly sophisticated fraud.
Julie Lim, 29, was one of a number of shoppers paid up to 12% commission for goods they purchased using the fraudulent credit cards.
She used 65 credit cards on 46 different shopping trips to buy small luxury goods such as laptops, iPads and cigars from December 2010 to January last year. The goods were later sold for $117,634 and the money transferred to Malaysia.
Lim pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one charge of conspiracy to defraud. She was jailed for two years and nine months with a non-parole period of 21 months.
When Lim was arrested after police raided her Glen Waverley home in January last year, Fraud Squad detective Trevor Adair stole $9120 from her black Prada purse in a bedroom – Mark Russell