(fashion) Police are working with the Department of Immigration after 39 people were charged over an alleged daycare fraud syndicate.
Twenty-two mothers in south west Sydney were arrested and charged this week after 17 people were charged in May over the alleged rort.
Police allege they took part in a huge childcare scam which gained $4million in just nine months.
In a press conference on Thursday, Acting Assistant Commissioner of State Crime Command Stuart Smith said police were working with immigration.
Police usually work with border protection when a suspect is a recent arrival whose alleged crimes may deny them the right to remain in the country.
The man who allegedly masterminded the scam, Alee Farmann, is an Iraqi refugee.
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
The alleged scam involved a network of fraudulent daycare centres set up under the name Red Roses Day Care, police say.
Police allege the company did not actually care for any children but was a front used to claim government subsidies.
Up to 150 parents would list their children as being cared for by fake centres, police allege.
The centres would then claim the government childcare subsidy and the fraudsters would share the proceeds, detectives claim.
In May, police arrested those allegedly in charge of running the scam, including Farmann, who founded and directed the Red Roses business.
Then on Tuesday and Thursday this week, police arrested more than 20 mothers who were allegedly involved.
Twenty-two people were charged this week, with two women released 'pending further inquiries'. More charges are expected to be laid.
One of the women wearing an Adidas hoodie shouted and swore at a police officer who was filming her arrest.
'I'm going to stick my finger up your f****** a***,' she shouted, showing her middle finger.
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
One of the women wearing an Adidas hoodie shouted at a police officer who was filming her arrest
Police claim some parents each claimed fraudulent rebates for between three and seven children in care.
The children were real, but they allege the day care centres were not.
To onlookers, the business