Six people have been
arrested after two cold-call companies on the Gold Coast,
run by an outlaw motorcycle gang member, allegedly stole
$2.7 million from victims.
Police said the latest
arrest, a 55-year-old man on Wednesday, was involved in
money laundering through companies offering financial
services, which operated on the Gold Coast between late in
2014 and in 2015.
Five other people have
been previously arrested over a range of fraud and money
laundering offences, including a 23-year-old former member
of the Gold Coast Finks motorbike gang and a 37-year-old
computer software developer.
The 55-year-old man has
been charged with laundering about $950,000 and was due to
appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on March 20.
NSW Ombudsman recommends
scrapping outlaw motorcycle gang law
which allows NSW police to ask the state’s Supreme Court to declare
organisations such as outlaw motorcycle gangs “criminal
organisations” should be scrapped because its requirements are
“onerous, resource-intensive” and prevent police from making
That is the sole
recommendation in a NSW Ombudsman’s report released yesterday, which
also revealed the police ceased making applications in 2015 and don’t
intend to make any more.
The legislation was
introduced in 2009, and was used in pursuit of the Hells Angels
Motorcycle Club in 2010. A long-term member of the club took a case to
the High Court, and the legislation was changed to make it more
difficult to use.
It makes it a
criminal offence for members of criminal organisations to associate with
each other. Since 2009, the police have taken a number of steps to
obtain declarations against organisations, including establishing the
Criminal Organisation Unit, but no applications have been made under the
amended legislation, which has been in effect since 2012.
prohibits certain civilian witnesses and undercover police officers from
participating in hearings, with police finding the majority of
witnesses approached were reluctant to assist.
Andrew Scipione told the Ombudsman as part of the review that the police
were working with the government to “determine the effectiveness of the
(legislation)” and in the meantime were employing “alternative measures
that are working effectively to target the criminal activities of
(outlaw motorcycle gangs) and other organised crime groups”.
spokeswoman said that the report’s recommendation would be considered.
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Updated: 8:28 pm, Saturday, 18 February 2017
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