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iPhone racket mastermind used network of children

iPhone racket mastermind used network of children

Tue August 7, 2012 2:49pm

A man accused of using stolen credit card details to buy iPhones allegedly recruited children to pick up the phones and resell them on web trading site Gumtree for him.

A man accused of using stolen credit card details to buy iPhones recruited children to pick up the phones and resell them on web trading site Gumtree for him.

Yi Zhong, 22, of Strathfield, has been charged with 58 offences, mostly relating to a sophisticated racket he allegedly devised to obtain people's credit card details, to use them to buy at least 30 iPhones from major retailers and then sell them.

But police allege he did not stop at "dishonestly obtaining" iPhones. Mr Zhong allegedly used the details of stolen credit cards to buy $347 worth of flowers from Urban Flowers Concord, thousands of dollars' worth of flights, hotel suites in Brisbane and Melbourne, clothes from General Pants Co., two GHD gold hair stylers and a $5995 bottle of Johnnie Walker rare Scotch whisky.

In Burwood Local Court today, Mr Zhong's solicitor, Wasim Jabakhangi, entered guilty pleas to 21 of the 58 charges, including two charges of recruiting a child to carry out or assist in criminal activity.

He pleaded guilty to recruiting a teenage girl, who cannot be named, to pick up the proceeds of crime at a Fedex depot in Rydalmere and receive stolen property at an Edensor Park address earlier this year. He recruited another teenage girl, who cannot be named, to list and sell the stolen iPhones on Gumtree.

The court heard that he also recruited an adult, Christie Hui, to purchase and pick up the bottle of whisky for him from a Vintage Cellars store.

Court documents show that, since 2010, Mr Zhong had been accessing two websites, FePrivate.cc and mn0g0.su, and an email address, yizhong655@hotmail.com, to fraudulently obtain the details of a number of credit cards, alleged to be about 300.

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