A former Australian police officer has been charged with selling fake IDs on the darknet, according to ABC news. The man is identified as James Goris, a 44-year-old from Castlemaine. He was a police officer up until 2010, according to reports.
Reportedly, Goris was manufacturing and selling fake federal police ID cards, maritime and aviation security passes, and computer equipment. These would be sent to buyers via Australia Post express and promised those who bought them easy access at police stations, a notion the defense rejected in court.
According to police, the 44-year-old was also advertising the sale of firearms and police radios. Detectives were unable to verify the existence of these items since they were unable to find them. Goris’s defense lawyer claimed these were never purchased, they were just online to attract more buyers.
Sold for Bitcoin on Alphabay
Goris used a darknet market called AlphaBay to sell these items for bitcoin, rather than Monero. Police describe it as “eBay for criminals”, as covert investigators from the E-crime squad and Crime Command bought items worth $5000 during the investigation.
The courted deemed Goris’s use of AlphaBay to sell fake police IDs was “frightening”. Magistrate Murphy claimed these crimes were very serious and well-thought, adding:
I’m not overreacting to say ‘what if these police badges got into the wrong hands’
Therefore, the former police officer was denied bail, and is scheduled to return to court February next year. There was no available information as to how Goris was caught.
In the past, Australian police have been taking down darknet criminals left and right. Individuals seem to keep on getting exposed for selling drugs, weapons, fake documents, counterfeit money and distributing child pornography.
Australia even participated in Operation Hyperion, which saw Dutch police take down a marketplace and issue a warning to its users.
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