A BUSINESSMAN who lived in a Byron Shire mansion has been extradited from New Zealand to face more than 30 charges following an investigation into fraudulent investment schemes valued at more than $5.6 million.

Detectives from the State Crime Command's Fraud and Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Summercloud in 2015 to investigate a number of fraudulent investment schemes.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives, with the assistance of New Zealand Police, arrested a 51-year-old Daniel Albert in Auckland, New Zealand, on Wednesday.

Detectives were granted his extradition to Australia under the New Zealand.

Pictured arriving fro New Zealand at Sydney International Airport is conman, Dan Albert as he is escorted by police to a waiting police vehicle. Picture: Richard Dobson
Pictured arriving fro New Zealand at Sydney International Airport is conman, Dan Albert as he is escorted by police to a waiting police vehicle. Picture: Richard Dobson Richard Dobson

 

The man was escorted by detectives to NSW, arriving at Sydney Airport about 12.30pm yesterday, before taking him to Mascot Police Station, where he was charged with 35 counts of fraud.

Police will allege in court the man was involved in establishing fraudulent business ventures and defrauded at least 35 people from nine countries between 2011 and 2015 to a total of more than $5.6 million.

The man refused bail to appear at Central Local Court later today.

Fraud and Cybercrime Commander, Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, praised the work of Strike Force Summercloud investigators.

"The investigation of financial deception or fraud is never an easy task - it generally involves analysing mountains of documents and tracking multiple transactions and payments around the world," he said.

"More often than not, the investigative process is tedious and can be frustrating for victims waiting for answers or justice.

Pictured arriving fro New Zealand at Sydney International Airport is Sydney conman, Dan Albert as he is escorted by police to a waiting police vehicle. Picture: Richard Dobson
Pictured arriving fro New Zealand at Sydney International Airport is Sydney conman, Dan Albert as he is escorted by police to a waiting police vehicle. Picture: Richard Dobson Richard Dobson

"Strike Force Summercloud has been no different, and in addition to acknowledging the dedication of detectives, I want to recognise the strength and courage of the people who reported their matters to us.

"This was an international investigation, with people impacted across Australia, and in the USA, Canada, Ireland, Lebanon, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, and South Africa.

"Given the scope of the investigation to date, we are continuing our inquiries to ensure we put anyone responsible for any NSW-based fraudulent franchise scams before the courts," Det Supt Katsogiannis said.

Yesterday's extradition follows the arrest and charge of a 48-year-old Woollahra woman in July. She remains before the courts.

Investigations under Strike Force Summercloud are continuing.

Pictured arriving fro New Zealand at Sydney International Airport is Sydney conman, Dan Albert as he is escorted by police to a waiting police vehicle. Picture: Richard Dobson
Pictured arriving fro New Zealand at Sydney International Airport is Sydney conman, Dan Albert as he is escorted by police to a waiting police vehicle. Picture: Richard Dobson Richard Dobson


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