Dozens of mothers are arrested over fake day care plot in Sydney

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() Twenty-three women and a man have been arrested this week over an alleged fake day care plot.

The parents, from south-west Sydney, were arrested as part of a police crackdown on Red Roses Day Care company.

Police allege the company did not actually care for any children but was set up to receive government subsidies for child care. 

Police arrested seven women and a man on Tuesday before arresting 16 women on Thursday morning. One of them swore as she was arrested

Police arrested seven women and a man on Tuesday before arresting 16 women on Thursday morning. One of them swore as she was arrested

Twenty-three women and a man have been arrested this week over an alleged fake day care plot. Pictured: One of the arrested women

Twenty-three women and a man have been arrested this week over an alleged fake day care plot. Pictured: One of the arrested women

The parents, from south-west Sydney, were arrested as part of a police crackdown on Red Roses Day Care company. Pictured: One of the arrested women

The parents, from south-west Sydney, were arrested as part of a police crackdown on Red Roses Day Care company. Pictured: One of the arrested women

Police claim up to 150 people used the business to fraudulently claim a rebate of up to $146 a week per child. Pictured: One of the arrested women

Police claim up to 150 people used the business to fraudulently claim a rebate of up to $146 a week per child. Pictured: One of the arrested women

One of the women wearing an Adidas hoodie shouted at a police officer who was filming her arrest

One of the women wearing an Adidas hoodie shouted at a police officer who was filming her arrest

Police claim up to 150 people used the business to fraudulently claim a rebate of up to $146 a week per child. 

The scam allegedly defrauded taxpayers of more than $4million. 

Police arrested seven women and a man on Tuesday before arresting 16 women on Thursday morning.

One of the women wearing an Adidas hoodie shouted and swore at a police officer who was filming her arrest.

Police in May alleged that around 150 parents claimed they had between three and seven children in care and claimed rebates.

Red Roses Family Day Care looked like a legitimate business operating out of multiple sites in Sydney and Wollongong.

It said it provided 'safe, nurturing and loving' care to more than 450 children but, police allege there were no real children, just photographs of them.

Play areas had been mocked up, timesheets faked and rosters fixed, police allege.    

In May police charged 17 people over the alleged scam and they are all before the courts.

One of those was Alee Farmann who founded and directed the business. 

Farmann was allegedly raking in $30,000 a month, drove a Range Rover and purchased a flash $1.5 million townhouse last year. 

But New South Wales Police allege the 49-year-old Iraqi refugee's success was built on a series of lies. 

Detectives allege the day care centre went to great lengths to make it seem real, including holding a graduation ceremony where he shook hands with parents. 

During the supposed 'graduation' ceremony last December, Year 6 students were handed mortarboard hats and several adults were given 'educator awards'. 

Detectives arrested more than 20 women this week over their alleged role in a family day care fraud syndicate

Detectives arrested more than 20 women this week over their alleged role in a family day care fraud syndicate

A woman is arrested and taken to a police station accused of enrolling her child in a fraudulent day care scheme

A woman is arrested and taken to a police station accused of enrolling her child in a fraudulent day care scheme

At one point, the woman announcing the awards admitted she did not know an educator 'very well'.  

A smiling Mr Harmann was filmed introducing himself

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