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Five Irish charged over Perth, Australia, home renovation 'scam'

Perth, Australia
Image caption The Irish people were all detained in Perth, Western Australia

Five Irish nationals have been charged as part of an investigation into a home renovation scam around Perth, Western Australia.

The accused are currently in detention awaiting deportation to Ireland.

They were charged by detectives after a raid at a caravan park in the Hazelmere area of the city.

Last month it was reported that up to 26 Irish nationals had been detained by police investigating an alleged home renovation scam in Perth.

The men allegedly convinced a number of elderly people to hand over significant amounts of money in exchange for shoddy or incomplete work.

A 42-year-old man has been charged with two counts each of stealing and one count of unlawful possession.

A 19-year-old man has been charged with three counts each of stealing, trespassing, criminal damage and two counts each of gaining benefit by fraud, attempting to gain benefit by fraud and one count of unlawful possession.

An 18-year-old man has been charged with two counts each of gaining benefit by fraud and stealing, one count each of criminal damage and unlawful possession.

A 23-year-old man has been charged with one count each of gaining benefit by fraud, unlawful possession and criminal damage.

They are due to appear in the Perth Magistrate's Court on 12 February.

A 33-year-old man has been charged with one count of unlawful possession and he is due to appear in the Perth Magistrate's Court on 11 February.

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