Australia’s most notorious crime gangs accused of stealing a doctors ID to forge fake Covid vaccination certificates – as an Alamaddine member’s mum is charged for using one to work at a school
- NSW Police have launched investigation into use of fake certificates by criminals
- A Western Sydney doctor had his credentials stolen by a criminal organisation
- Mother of alleged Alameddine member was arrested over a fake certificate
The ID of a Sydney doctor was stolen by Australia’s most notorious crime gang in a scheme to make fake Covid vaccination certificates, police allege.
The identity of the doctor is unclear, with NSW Police confirming they initially investigated whether the Western Sydney physician was part of the scheme, before realising he was the victim.
Investigators have launched an probe into the use of bogus certificates by major crime syndicates, including the Alameddine and Hamzy families.
Teacher Jeanette Catherine Jeske, 55, was taken away from her home in handcuffs in Merrylands at about 8.30am on Tuesday as part of that investigation. She allegedly used the fake certificate at her school.
She is the mother of alleged Alameddine crime clan member Trent Jeske, though there is no suggestion she was involved in the theft of the doctor’s credentials.
Credentials of a Sydney doctor were allegedly stolen by a crime clan in a scheme to make fake Covid vaccination certificates
Jeanette Catherine Jeske, 55, who is the mother to alleged Alameddine crime clan member Trent Jeske, (pictured together) was arrested on Tuesday
NSW Police Criminal Groups Squad Commander Grant Taylor admitted to being baffled by the fake vaccine certificate scam.
As many crime figures are technically unemployed, police say there is no real benefit from having a fake certificate.
‘They don’t obey the normal due process of following rules and this is no exception,’ Det Supt Taylor said.
‘It’s quite common to see organised crime networks flouting any and every rule of law, but it’s a mystery as to why they were so defiant in regards to why they did not want to get vaccinated.
She was was dragged out of her home in handcuffs in Merrylands, in Sydney’s west at about 8.30am on Tuesday
‘There was evidence throughout Covid (lockdown) that they were not abiding by the restrictions. That was quite clear from our many different interactions with them, when we were finding them out on the streets and not inside their homes.’
In Ms Jeske’s case, she is accused of handing over the fraudulent certificate to the school where she worked as an administrative manager last October.
Police allege she received the fake certificate through her connections to the crime group, which was uncovered during police investigations into the Alameddine’s alleged drug syndicate.
During a raid of Ms Jeske’s home on Tuesday, Raptor Tactical officers seized cash, documentation and electronic items, which will all be examined.
Footage shows a group of officers barging their way into Ms Jeske’s home.
She later emerged dressed in exercise tights, white sneakers and a Nike puffer jacket which she used to cover her head.
Elite Raptor Tactical officers barged their way into the home to arrest Ms Jeske, who allegedly used a fraudulent Covid vaccine certificate to work at a school
The line of officers stormed their way to her home on Tuesday morning
The mother was charged with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception, dealing with property proceeds of crime less than $100,000, and participating in a criminal group contributing criminal activity
The mother was charged with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception, dealing with property proceeds of crime less than $100,000, and participating in a criminal group contributing criminal activity.
Ms Jeske was refused bail and is due to face Fairfield Local Court court on Wednesday.
Her son, who is in custody for charges related to his alleged role in the crime network, is also due to appear in the same court on Wednesday.
Trent Jeske was able to shift weight after getting lapband surgery