An “intelligent and persuasive” alleged love scammer and fraudster has had her bid to be considered for bail again rejected.
A Sydney alleged love scammer also accused of being involved in a multi-million fraud syndicate has failed yet again to be considered for bail.
Siriluck Fatima Chimmalee argued the $9.7 million fraud syndicate alleged against her had been reduced to $1.9 million which was a “significantly less” accusation.
But Justice Richard Button on Thursday said this was still “a vast sum of money” said to have been taken by dishonest criminality.
He rejected the 28-year-old’s claim that this, and other matters, amounted to new material or circumstances which would enable her to make another Supreme Court bail application.
Since going into custody in February 2020, Ms Chimmalee has been refused bail by three Supreme Court judges and a District Court judge, while two other bids to apply for bail have been refused.
She faces a string of charges, some related to an alleged sophisticated romance scam involving connecting with NSW men via online dating platforms.
Police had accused her of falsely claiming she was a legal, medical and flight student – all while trading designer handbags.
Justice Button said the romance scam was said to have involved Ms Chimmalee taking advantage financially of some older gentlemen.
Other charges relate to an alleged Ponzi scheme fraud said to have involved $9.7 million, but which Ms Chimmalee said had been decreased to $1.9 million by prosecutors.
She’s accused of making out she was a registered remitter and advertising inflated rates for exchanging money.
“The applicant is an intelligent and persuasive person who has significant foreign contacts,” Justice Button said.
He noted he was the last Supreme Court judge to refuse her bail, four months ago, when he decided there was an unacceptable risk of her not appearing in court if released.
He said that decision had been based on his being prepared to accept the crown case may not be overly strong.
Previous concerns had related to the possibility of her interfering with crown witnesses, when the court was told she had contacted a witness 112 times from jail.
Her lawyer had then submitted the calls had been unsuccessful as the phone number was blocked.
Representing herself on Thursday, Ms Chimmalee said she had a signed statement from a prisoner saying the telephone records must be wrong for the relevant dates.
She also said she could prove money had been paid back and it was clear “I am not guilty”.
But Justice Button concluded she had not placed any compelling new material before the court to enable another bail application to be made.