Maxima – Fraud and drug charges, Gold Coast

Taskforce Maxima detectives have charged a 30-year-old man with fraud and drug offences as part of Operation North Guitar, Queensland Police say.

Police investigating links to the Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) executed a search warrant at a Waterclover Drive, Pimpama address yesterday and arrested the man.

It will be alleged the man worked as a salesman, fraudulently selling memberships and inducing people to deposit funds into financial and community trade schemes, as part of a cold call investment fraud that operated on the Gold Coast between August 2014 and January 2016.

Police believe over $3 million was collectively transferred into the bank account of the companies, the 30-year-old man was employed by.

Police also located drugs during the search.

The man has been charged with one count each of fraud (induce delivery) exceed $30 000, fraud (dishonest gain) exceed $30 000, possess dangerous drugs and possess utensil.

He is scheduled to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on October 31.

Early this year, the then treasurer of the Gold Coast Finks OMCG was also arrested for his part in this fraudulent activity.

“OMCGs are involved in diverse criminal activity and yesterday’s arrest is yet another example of the type of conduct they are prepared to get involved with in order to generate funds to feedback into their criminal enterprises,” said Detective Inspector Phillip Stevens, Taskforce Maxima.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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