Father and son in court over $400K line dancing holiday scam

UPDATE @ 4.00 PM | A father and son from Queensland have fronted court over an elaborate line-dancing holiday scam, which saw hundreds of boot scooters allegedly conned out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Brett Jenkins, 38, and Bruce Jenkins, 67, have been on the run for more than a year.

The pair are accused of organising holidays, which included line dancing festivals, balls and cruises both domestically and overseas, through a line dancing travel company.


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However, after the money was paid, the holidays were cancelled and no refunds were offered.

“They kept the money and the victims remain without any cash,” Detective Senior Sergeant Ken Rogers said during a press conference on Thursday.

“For quite a lot of these victims, it was a trip of a lifetime and it was their life savings.”

Queensland police say the pair are alleged to have scammed more than 200 victims from across the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast, out of more than $400,000.

The father and son duo were finally taken into custody at a home on the Sunshine Coast yesterday following a tip-off from a member of the public.

Detective Inspector Rogers said the pair had changed their appearances to avoid being detected.

“Upon arrest, it was obvious these people had taken great measures to change their appearance… put on a lot of weight, they had long hair, they had grown long beards.”

The two men appeared in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today, where they were refused bail and remanded in custody.

The pair will face Brisbane Magistrates Court on May 28.

EARLIER @ 10.00 AM | TWO men have been charged after allegedly scamming Queenslanders out of more than $300,000 over line dancing holidays that never eventuated.

Queensland Police launched an investigation early last year after receiving complaints about the alleged scheme from residents across the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

The pair are accused of organising getaways, which included line dancing festivals, balls and cruises both domestically and overseas, through a line dancing travel company.

However, after the money was paid, the holidays were cancelled and no refunds were offered.

Police initially received 75 complaints totally more than $144,00. Following a public appeal another 127 people have come forward with complaints totalling $178,000.

A tip-off eventually lead police to a Kings Beach unit on the Sunshine Coast yesterday where the two men, aged 38 and 67, were arrested.

They have each been charged with 202 fraud offences and will appear at the Maroochydore Magistrates Court today.

Police believe there may be more scam victims and continue to appeal for any victims to contact police.

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.

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