– Two men allegedly involved in a $70,000 gold scam have been arrested after walking into a police trap, when they unwittingly tried to fleece a woman for the second time.
Police believe the two Chinese men, Hai-ping Xie, 35, and Yanwen Yang, 47, are part of an international syndicate targeting businesses in Melbourne’s Chinese community.
Whitehorse CIU Acting Detective Sergeant Graeme Savage alleged the scam involved offering various items claimed to be made of gold to victims at a heavily discounted price. Sergeant Savage said the alleged scammers told potential victims they had found the “gold” on a building site and were willing to offload it cheaply because they needed to return to China.
“Once the money has been paid, the victims realise the gold is fake,” he said
Police allege this took place in May last year, when the female owner of a Melbourne medical practice was tricked into handing over $70,000. But on July 31st this year, police claim, Xie and Yang booked an appointment at a different medical practice, not realising it was being run by the same victim. “[The owner] recognised their voice…The offenders weren’t aware they were trying to fleece the same people again. They made an appointment and police were there waiting for them,” Sergeant Savage said.
Xie and Yang, who were believed to be living in Box Hill, have been remanded to appear before the Ringwood Magistrates Court on September 4th.
Both have been charged with attempting to obtain property by deception, while Xie was also charged with obtaining property by deception – Kristian Silva


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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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