Police Station

New Zealand man charged over million-dollar scam based on the Gold Coast

A NEW Zealand man has been arrested and charged with 21 counts of fraud following a protracted three-year investigation into a million-dollar boiler-room type scam operating out of the Gold Coast.

The 48-year-old is accused of defrauding $1.2 million from 21 victims across Australia and overseas through a fraudulent business set up on the Gold Coast in late 2013.

The business was set-up under the trading name of ‘Freedom Connect’ and later changed to ‘Leading Edge Strategic Group’, which continued operating until September 2015.

Police allege the man used the victims’ money to fund a lavish lifestyle on the Gold Coast, including leasing luxury properties, purchasing vehicles and acquiring trips overseas.

Detectives began to investigate the 48-year-old man after a 71-year-old Birtinya man reported being cheated of $78,000 in October 2014.

He was arrested in Christchurch on September 1 by virtue of a Queensland arrest warrant, with extradition to Queensland subsequently approved.

The man is expected to appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court tomorrow on Friday afternoon, November 23, charged with 21 counts of fraud.

Anyone who may have used the above companies, and hasn’t already spoken to police, is asked to contact Policelink or Crime Stoppers.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Ambulance QLD

Three people hospitalised after two car crash at Helensvale

FIVE people have been assessed by paramedics, with three taken to hospital, following a two car crash at Helensvale.

The accident happened at the intersection of  Millaroo Drive and Habana Street just before 9.00am.

Five people including a male child, female in her teens, two women and a man, were assessed at the scene by paramedics.

Queensland Ambulance confirmed that of those injured, three were taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

Their exact injuries are not known at this stage, however some are believed to have suffered seat-belt bruising.

Christmas Lights

Residents warned of Christmas light fire risks ahead of the festive season

With the festive season fast approaching and many people already starting to deck their houses out in decorations, RACQ is warning of the potential fire risks from Christmas lights.

Spokesperson Kirsty Clinton warned aged, faulty or incorrectly installed lights and electronic decorations posed a serious safety threat to families if basic safety checks were not performed each year.

“RACQ research shows 48 percent of home fires experienced by respondents were caused by electrical faults, so it’s important people are vigilant as they begin to decorate their homes for Christmas,” Ms Clinton said.

“There are some simple safety checks people should be doing each year to protect their home from potential fire.”

One of the main tips Ms Clinton suggested was to avoid overloading power boards.

“When setting up fairy lights and other electrical decorations, never overload power boards by piggy-backing double adaptors – only one item per socket should be used.

“It’s also important to take a moment to inspect lights for any visible signs of damage to cords or plugs, as they can become frayed and broken after years of use or while in storage during the year.

“It’s also essential all lights purchased have an Australian Standards label and are used for their correct purpose, for example, indoor lights should never be used outside.”

Ms Clinton said the placement of Christmas lights should also be carefully considered.

“Lights generate significant levels of heat and shouldn’t be positioned next to paper or other flammable decorations,” she said.

“We also recommend not leaving lights unattended for long periods, particularly if nobody is home or overnight.”

Child Surfing

WATCH: Learn to surf and help raise funds for homeless youth this Sunday!

World Champion Surfer Cheyne Horan is on a mission to raise money to reduce youth homelessness.

This Sunday, Horan will be conducting a fundraising event at his School of Surf in Surfers Paradise, with all funds raised to be donated to Kids Under Cover.

Kids Under Cover is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing young people becoming homeless within Australia. They provide stable and secure accommodation for young people at risk of homelessness and offer scholarships for education or job training.

Cheyne told myGC, he will be donating all of the money from his surf lessons on Sunday to the cause.

“We want to raise money for all the kids that been displaced. There’s a big brotherhood that happens among surfers, we try to help, and that’s what we are trying to do here,” he told myGC.

Watch the video to find out more about the fundraising day:

For more information, visit: facebook.com/pg/Cheyne-Horan-School-of-Surf-Australias-No1-Surf-School

Ambulance QLD

Man hospitalised after car smashes into Logan business

A MAN has been taken to hospital following a crash in Logan early this morning.

Around 3.15am, emergency crews were called to Chambers Flat Road following reports a car had smashed into a building.

The driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene by paramedics for facial injuries.

He has since been transported to Logan Hospital in a stable condition.

Investigations into the crash are ongoing.

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