Bankstown baby formula racket 'queen' is 'jailed for two years' - but there's a ...

EXCLUSIVE: Struggling Vietnamese patisserie owner reveals WHY she became Sydney's baby formula 'queen' - buying tins of powdered milk stolen from Coles to cash in on Chinese demand - as she escapes time behind bars Mother-of-three Tram Phan has been sentenced over baby formula syndicate  Phan, 42, on-sold tins stolen from Coles at her 'MoMs & KiDs' store in Bankstown The tins were proudly displayed in her shop window - but aroused suspicion She was financially struggling when she turned to the illegal enterprise 

By Daniel Piotrowski for Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:13 BST, 2 May 2021 | Updated: 03:13 BST, 2 May 2021

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A stolen baby formula fiend has been sentenced to two years' jail - but won't actually spend a day behind bars unless she plays up.

Mother-of-three Tram Huynh Bao Phan, 42, was busted at the centre of a disturbingly simple milk powder racket last year and now the reason she got involved has been revealed.

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Phan was financially struggling when she ditched her life as a Vietnamese patisserie operator for an apparently more profitable, but highly illegal, enterprise. 

She on-sold tins of baby formula stolen from Coles by a criminal syndicate from her humble Chapel St, Bankstown store, 'MoMs and KiDs'.

The stolen tins were proudly displayed in her shop window and walked in the front door by thieves carrying bulging reusable shopping bags, a court document said.  

Tram Huynh Bao Phan (above) sobbed when she was released on police bail following her arrest last May. She is still free following a recent court decision

Tram Huynh Bao Phan (above) sobbed when she was released on police bail following her arrest last May. She is still free following a recent court decision

Phan was suffering 'financial difficulties' when she became involved in the criminal syndicate, on-selling stolen Coles tins at her store, court documents said

Phan was suffering 'financial difficulties' when she became involved in the criminal syndicate, on-selling stolen Coles tins at her store, court documents said

Late last year Phan pleaded guilty to five counts of recklessly dealing in the proceeds of crime and a charge of having goods suspected of being stolen on her premises.

Court records seen by Daily Mail Australia on Friday revealed that Phan was recently sentenced to a two year jail sentence. 

However, the woman described as a 'key player' in the milk powder racket is serving the sentence by way of an intensive corrections

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