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Vic woman accused of identity theft scam

AAP logoAAP 24/09/2016 Jacqueline Le

Police in Melbourne have uncovered a sophisticated identity theft scam after arresting two people who allegedly had dozens of falsified ID cards between them.

Braybook woman Agata Cybulska, 26, appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Saturday charged with possessing equipment used to make fake IDs and identity documents not belonging to her.

Police believe they have only "scratched the surface" of an identity fraud scheme that has affected 30 victims.

"The depth and complicated nature of offending is still subject to further investigation," a police prosecutor told the court.

Cybulska allegedly had identity cards in her possession that bore her photo but had other people's names on them.

"They appear to be high quality," a police prosecutor told the court.

"They appear to be sophisticated and planned."

She and co-accused Elton Cane allegedly had six passports between them when they were apprehended by police.

One of the women whose name was found among the falsified ID cards had earlier reported to police an attempt to use her personal details.

The woman had received a rejection letter from Optus for a new mobile account, but she had never applied for one.

It's alleged Cybulska used other people's documents to meet the 100 points of identification required by certain vendors and service providers to complete transactions.

A Legal Aid lawyer told the court Cybulska disputed the three charges against her.

Magistrate Robert Kumar denied the 26-year-old bail and remanded her in custody.

"In my view, she poses an unacceptable risk (of further offending)," he said.

Cybulska will appear before the Sunshine Magistrates' Court on October 17.

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