AFP seizes $17.3 million of Australian real estate The Australian Federal Police has seized $17.3 million of real estate as a part of its investigation into Chinese nationals accused of money laundering. The properties, restrained on Tuesday, include a newly built "supersized" mansion, three new apartments, a townhouse and a commercial building – all in suburban Melbourne. Over in Tasmania, more than 1200 hectares of farmland on the north-east coast were seized. The investigation, codenamed Operation Gethen, was started in 2017 after the Chinese Ministry of Public Security (MPS) requested assistance in catching two people accused of real estate and bank loan fraud in China. The two Chinese citizens are alleged to have used $23 million made from those crimes in China to purchase the Australian properties.