A DODGY, bankrupt builder who was banned from working in the industry five years ago has been arrested on the Gold Coast and extradited to Newcastle on fraud charges.
Matthew Rixon, 33, was the subject of an arrest warrant issued in NSW on January 12 after he failed to appear in the NSW Supreme Court.
Rixon was arrested by Queensland Police at an office in Bundall on the Gold Coast on Wednesday morning after police received a tip-off from a member of the public.
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The 33-year-old was refused bail in Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday and was extradited to Raymond Terrace Police Station in Newcastle.
There, the 33-year-old was formally charged with six counts of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception.
He appeared before Raymond Terrace Local Court today where he was again refused bail ahead of next appearance at Newcastle Local Court on Thursday, March 1.
Rixon was banned from working in the construction industry in 2013. At the time, Fair Trading described the 33-year-old as a “serial offender”, an unlicensed contractor and an undischarged bankrupt.
According to News Limited, Rixon had allegedly accepted work under dozens of aliases and previously pleaded guilty to contempt of court for defying court orders banning him from working in NSW.