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Release date: Fri 15 February 2008

Last updated: Fri 15 February 2008


As the aeroplane’s wheels touched Australian soil, Detective Senior Constable Robbie Mynott of the Fraud Squad prepared himself for the biggest arrest of his career.

Waiting on the plane for him was a con artist who had ripped off hundreds of innocent Victorians.

“I’ve seen some pretty horrendous things during my career, but to sit with grown men who were in tears because they ad lost their entire life savings, that was the most awful job I’ve had to do,” he said.

“It was more than just money that these people lost. It was their hopes for the future, their livelihood.”

Fraud is a crime with no boundaries and, in this edition of Police Life, police warn members of the public to be wary and not become victims of fraud.

At 60 years of age, Senior Constable Tony Tomada is the longest-serving, motorbike-riding policeman in Victoria.

Sen Const Tomada, of the Bass Coast Traffic Management Unit, has been serving solo for more than 29 years. Police Life went along for the ride.

In regular features, this month’s true crime recounts how detectives turn up the heat to solve an 11-year cold case. Police Life goes out and about with Springvale police, sails on the Young Endeavour with a group of young people, and patrols the Mornington Peninsula to investigate crime.

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