Irish emigrants accused of conning elderly in home renovation scam

Perth. Pic: Cardboardbird/Wikimedia

A total of 26 Irish people have been arrested in Australia in connection with a home renovation scam.

Australia's public broadcaster ABC is reporting the alleged fraud involved conning the elderly in Perth into paying them for poor quality work, allegedly earning the group more than AUS$100,000 (€70,000).

Police arrested seven Irish males, including two 17-year-olds, on Thursday, and another 19 Irish women and children were arrested today.

Police also seized AUS$100,000 in cash, and other items, at a caravan park, as part of the investigation.

All 26 people have had their visas cancelled.

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