AN alleged associate of two Criminal Motorcycle Gangs has been arrested during a series of raids on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane early this morning.
Officers from Taskforce Maxima’s ‘Criminal Economy Unit’ conducted five early morning raids on Thursday, targeting the involvement of Criminal Motorcycle Gangs in two allegedly fraudulent schemes, estimated to have realised in excess of two million dollars.
One of the schemes involved betting software and the other online investments.
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During the raids, officers seized a large quantity of documents, as well as mobile telephones, computers, jewellery and clothing. A custom Harley Davidson (pictured), believed to have been purchased through the proceeds of crime, was also seized.
Around $270,000 was also located.
A 33-year-old Brisbane man, who police say is believed to be an associated of both the Bandidos and the Black Uhlans, was arrested on fraud, money laundering and personation charges.
Police will allege the man leveraged off a legitimate investment company and cloned its website and took over the persona of one of its directors. He is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Detective Inspector Phillip Stevens of the Criminal Economy Unit said police had identified a number of companies linked to alleged fraudulent activities. “There is evidence of Criminal Motorcycle Gang involvement in the alleged setting up of at least one of these companies,” he said.
“Today’s arrests are by no means the end of these investigations, they merely form part of a wider investigative strategy.”
Detective Inspector Stevens said police would be relentless in their efforts against criminal gangs.
“These actions clearly reflect the Services on-going commitment to disrupting and dismantling the criminal activities of these gangs, with the goal of driving them from Queensland.”
Investigations by the Criminal Economy Unit and proceeds of crime are continuing and police have not ruled out further charges.
Operations Mike Reflective and Lima Violin investigated the fraudulent ‘schemes’, forming part of the Criminal Economy Unit’s wider charter to remove the financial gains amassed through criminal activities being undertaken by Criminal Motorcycle Gangs.
The Criminal Economy Unit, an investigative unit within Taskforce Maxima, works with Federal and State partner agencies to identify and remove wealth that has been realised through illegal activities of Criminal Motorcycle Gangs.
To date, the Criminal Economy Unit has been working closely with the National Anti Gangs Squad as well as Federal and State authorities collating, analysing and financially profiling Criminal Motorcycle Gangs, their participants and associates.
Whilst much is going on behind the scenes these are the first investigations to be made public by the Criminal Economy Unit.
Anyone with information which could assist police with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.