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Police probe trio's possible links to crime syndicate

Three young women facing fraud charges and are alleged to have illegally entered Queensland, have been linked to a new COVID-19 case in the state. Police are also investigating the women's alleged links to a professional crime syndicate.

Haja Timbo, 21, Olivia Winnie Muranga, 19, and Diana Lasu, 21, are facing up to five years in jail or fines of more than $13,000 after returning to Brisbane from Melbourne, via Sydney on July 21 2020. They allegedly lied on their border declaration passes to avoid quarantining.

Muranga and Lasu have coronavirus. Their diagnoses sparked urgent contact tracing efforts and a testing blitz, after it was revealed they had been in the south-east Queensland community. At least two people have contracted coronavirus linked to the cases of the two women.

A 27-year-old man who dined at a Brisbane restaurant where one of the women was believed to have been on July 23 2020 has tested positive to coronavirus. He has links to three people, two of whom are nurses, who work at an aged care facility in Brisbane.



 




The investigation into the three women who have returned from Victoria into Queensland has obviously resulted in charges of providing false information and fraud.




Police are also investigating if a professional crime syndicate coached the girls on how to illegally cross the border. 
They are also investigating whether the women had any involvement in the alleged theft of luxury handbags across two days in Sydney and another two days in Melbourne. There are allegations that phones used by the women were destroyed.