Men charged with fraud after allegedly trying to offload fake gold Buddhas

TWO men have been arrested and charged with fraud after allegedly trying to sell fake gold Buddha statues to businesses across the Sunshine Coast.

The pair allegedly tried selling one of the statues to a Chinese restaurant at Noosaville on March 21.

Police said the men allegedly provided a sample of real gold to entice the restaurant owner to purchase 11kg of fake gold ingots and Buddha statues.


The owner became suspicious and contacted police who commenced investigations and found the two men allegedly made dishonest representations.

As a result, detectives yesterday arrested two men, aged 33 and 50, at a property at Noosaville.

It will be alleged the men were in possession of several Buddha statues and ingots believed to be fake as well as small scrapings of what is believed to be real gold used in the scam.

Both men have been charged with one count each of fraud and contravene order offences, while the younger man was also charged with possessing tainted property.

The pair was expected to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning.

Police said further investigations were underway into similar scams identified across Mount Gravatt in 2016 and interstate.

However, police said it was not yet clear if the two men arrested on the Sunshine Coast are linked.

They are seeking public assistance to identify anyone with information about similar scams or those who believe they may have been a victim to contact them.

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