Twenty-three women and a man have been arrested this week over an alleged fake day care plot The parents, from south-west Sydney, were arrested as part of a police crackdown on Red Roses Day Care company Police allege the company did not actually care for any children but was set up to receive government subsidies for child care   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 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 arrestPolice claim up to 150 people used the business to fraudulently claim a rebate of up to $146 a week per child  The scam allegedly defrauded taxpayers of more than $4million.  Police arrested seven women and a man on Tuesday before arresting 16 women on Thursday morning One of the women wearing an Adidas hoodie shouted and swore at a police officer who was filming her arrest In May police charged 17 people over the alleged scam and they are all before the courts One of those was Alee Farmann who founded and directed the business.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Bikini-clad fraudster, 19, who ripped off concert goers for Pensioner, 69, who escaped justice for over four decades. Share this article Share Farmann was allegedly raking in $30,000 a month, drove a Range Rover and purchased a flash $1 5 million townhouse last year. But New South Wales Police allege the 49-year-old Iraqi refugee’s success was built on a series of lies Detectives allege the day care centre went to great lengths to make it seem real, including holding a graduation ceremony where he shook hands with parents    Alee Farmann was charged with knowingly directing the activities of a criminal group – in the form of his alleged Red Roses Day Care scam, which pocketed government subsidies  Farmann had reason to smile: He purchased this $1 5 million townhouse just last year His home included a well-lit, ultra-modern kitchen with an islandDuring the supposed ‘graduation’ ceremony last December, Year 6 students were handed mortarboard hats and several adults were given ‘educator awards’  At one point, the woman announcing the awards admitted she did not know an educator ‘very well’   A smiling Mr Harmann is filmed introducing himself and giving a brief speech, while shaking hands with several ‘educators’  But within the months, the whole alleged plot came crashing down. Police arrested 18 people in 23 raids from southwest Sydney to Wollongong in May All but one of the three men aged 24, 40 and 49, and 15 women aged 21 to 44, were charged – three with directing and 14 with participating in a criminal group   Handcuffed: Farmann is taken away by police after being arrested at his home in MayOne of the women charged allegedly had $35,000 cash in her handbag when she was arrested at her home in South Granville  Police seized cash and a new Range Rover, along with large volumes of documentation, including business records, and two electronic control devices  The properties allegedly involved in the scam included one house that only had electricity for six days in February and never housed any children  Farmann’s alleged syndicate is accused of going to extraordinary lengths to conceal the operation that put bikie gangs to shame   The syndicate is accused of going to extraordinary lengths to conceal the operation that put bikie gangs to shame’We saw a level of sophistication or coordination in this that we don’t see in outlaw motorcycle gangs,’ Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said ‘It created time sheets, it had photographs of children that were not in care. ‘It had mock-up areas, it had an administrative structure and rostering – like anything else in a legitimate business ‘ Assistant Commissioner Smith said the company designed processes to evade authorities and ‘defeat’ physical and phone auditing by the NSW Education Department, which regulates the scheme in the state He said if one site was audited, the rest of the syndicate would find out by the end of the day and get ready to comply with any subsequent audit Police discovered a number of ‘vulnerabilities’ during their investigation and are working with state and federal education departments to address them All but one of the three men aged 24, 40 and 49, and 15 women aged 21 to 44, who were arrested were charged – three with directing and 14 with participating in a criminal groupPolice said they would target 150 parents who laid claims to rebates from the federal government ‘There are legitimate children’s names and entities… they just weren’t being cared for The whole thing was a structured business,’ Assistant Commissioner Smith said. ‘What we’ve taken out were the (alleged) professional facilitators behind this syndicate and we won’t rule out further interviews and we won’t rule out further significant arrests ‘Investigators believe there are many similar operations in NSW, and 29 people have been charged and 21 convicted in recent years  As for Farmann and was granted bail with strict conditions, including a ban on contacting any of his alleged associates He is also banned from providing child care services or engaged in ‘any employment under government benefits or care schemes’, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) or aged care operations