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Seven arrested and tens of thousands worth of luxury goods seized as police crack down on outlaw bikie gangs

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Seven people have been arrested and tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of luxury goods have been seized as police crackdown on fake disaster relief claims made by bikie gangs.In August last year, detectives from the Raptor Squad established Strike Force Fireant to investigate outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) members illegally obtaining bushfire and flood claims through state government grant schemes.On Thursday, police raided a number of properties across Greater Sydney.

Officers attended properties at Beecroft, North Richmond, Seven Hills, Shalvey, Werrington County and Wilberforce as part of investigations into the fraudulent claims.During the raids, a number of illegal items were found and seized.The items include a replica Glock pistol, a poker machine, thousands in cash, steroids, cannabis, more than 100 pairs of designer shoes valued at $30,000, luxury bags and other accessories valued at a further $30,000.Mobile phones, electronic storage devices and documents were also seized, all of which will undergo further examination.

During the operation seven people – six men and one woman – were arrested and taken to local police stations.

Among those arrested include a 23-year-old Beecroft man, a 23-year-old North Richmond man, a 30-year-old Shalvey man, a 27-year-old Werrington County man and a 28-year-old Wilberforce man, all of whom are known associates of the Rebels Motorcycle Club.A 40-year-old North Richmond woman and 26-year-old Werrington County man were also arrested and charged.They will all appear before courts.

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