Series of ‘compulsory examinations’ will allow federal police to question each of the parties

The Australian federal police is set to examine dozens of people linked to an alleged $165m tax fraud scandal after the law enforcement agency froze their assets and property.

Adam and Lauren Cranston, the son and daughter of the Australian Taxation Office deputy commissioner Michael Cranston, and seven others have been charged with offences relating to the alleged tax scheme, which allegedly involved diverting funds intended for the tax office through a series of companies and using them for personal gain. Six – including Lauren and Adam Cranston – are facing charges of alleged conspiracy to defraud. Two are facing charges of dealing with alleged proceeds of crime and one is charged with alleged blackmail.

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