Marine incident exposes man’s fraudulent life

A MAN accused of operating under a false identity to fraudulently sell two Gold Coast real estate properties that did not belong to him has been caught, after an unrelated police investigation let to his unsuspecting arrest.

The 46-year-old first came to the attention of police when his catamaran allegedly failed to give way to a bulk container ship at Moreton Bay on July 13.

Subsequent investigations into the matter on July 24 revealed that the master of the catamaran had given a false name.


Police were then able to connect the dots and link the man to a major fraud incident at Benowa in October last year where it’s alleged, whilst using another false name, he fraudulently sold two real estate properties that did not belong to him.

The man was immediately arrested and charged with three counts of adult obtaining or dealing with identification information, two counts of major fraud (dishonest application of property of another value of $30,000 or more).

He was due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this weekend.

Investigations into the marine matter are continuing.