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7NEWS Spotlight on Channel 7 – 7NEWS Spotlight: Busting the scammers. Liam Bartlett cracks a billion-dollar crime cartel.

In the most explosive investigation of the year, 7NEWS Spotlight’saward-winning broadcaster Liam Bartlett busts open a billion-dollar British crime cartel that is fleecing Australians of more than $4 million each and every week.

The staggeringly sophisticated crime syndicate, run by British con artists with the backing of Russian mafia, has been targeting Aussie investors they have cruelly dubbed “mugs with money”, safe in the knowledge authorities here can’t – or won’t – touch them.

In the joint expose with investigative reporter Ross Coulthart airing 8.45pm, this Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus, Bartlett will take viewers inside “Operation Tropicana” led by Australian fraud and cybercrime specialist Ken Gamble and his IFW Global operatives.

Across 24 simultaneous raids, in association with Malaysia’s anti-crime commission, the scam busters make more than 80 arrests, including Brit king pin Andy Peters, aka “Peg Leg”, who lived a life of luxury at the expense of duped Australians.

Bartlett said:

“I have been embedded with crime fighting groups from various countries over the years, but this operation was on a scale like no other. As it turned out, it needed to be. The criminal syndicate was the biggest scamming group ever to be raided by any global authority.

“The results spectacularly demonstrate the abject failure of our Federal Police to act effectively against the scourge of this ever-increasing threat to Aussie consumers; and we have to demand that things are done better,” he said.

It is a 7NEWS Spotlight exclusive every Australian must see.

7NEWS Spotlight – 8.45pm this Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus

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