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A WOMAN who allegedly siphoned off $ 32,000 in two hours by going to four different banks for a Finks bike has been charged with money laundering.

A WOMAN who allegedly siphoned off $ 32,000 in two hours by going to four different banks for a Finks bike has been charged with money laundering.

Police allege Sharna-Lee Brown, 24, was recruited by Jacob Staines to open a bank account to help him siphon money from a business account.

Detective Inspector Phillip Stevens of the Maxima Task Force said Ms Brown and Mr Staines knew each other, which is why he was asked to help.

He said it would be alleged in court that she was able to withdraw $ 32,000 before police froze the remaining $ 118,000 in her account.

“We believe she created the account for the specific purpose of receiving money from the bike,” he alleged.

“She went out in a structured way to try to withdraw that money in cash for a while.”

Ms Brown reportedly opened the account in early December last year to receive funds from a company linked to cold call investment fraud complaints.

A large amount of money was deposited into this account the day it was opened and more a few days later.

Ms Brown reportedly went to four other bank branches within two hours and withdrew money from the account on the same day she received the second deposit.

Police were notified by the bank of the suspicious activity and discovered that the money was allegedly transferred to the account by Mr Staines, who appears to be the director of the company which had been the subject of previous fraud complaints .

Detective Inspector Stevens said they crack down on people who help facilitate money laundering.

Yesterday Ms Brown received a summons for a money laundering charge and is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates’ Court on March 30.

Mr. Staines has also been charged with embezzlement.

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