fleeces Bandidos boss, other bikie associates
A BRISBANE Harley-Davidson dealer who fleeced
outlaw bikie gang members and a former V8 Supercar driver has been told he
should have thought twice before ripping off his customers.
Jeffrey Brian Richardson, 46, from
Chermside West, was yesterday sentenced to at least 11 months behind bars
for swindling five customers by selling their bikes without permission,
Supercar driver Russell Ingall lost
$22,000 after his Harley was sold, and Gold Coast Bandidos president Sava
Cvetkovic lost $20,000 when his bike was sold.
Crown prosecutor Sam Bain told the court five
customers entrusted their bikes to Richardson so he could display or
customise them. They only realised their bikes were missing when
Chopperworks in Albion went bust in June 2012.
Douglas Wilson, told the court his client had been threatened several times
by at least one man “associated with outlaw motorcycle gangs”.
District Court Judge Ian Dearden told
Richardson there was a saying that applied to his bikie clients: “When you
sup with the devil and you steal the devil’s gold, you just can’t do it with
a long enough spoon to avoid the consequences.”
Mr Wilson told the court one victim, Brian
Murphy, whose $70,000 Harley was sold without permission, had confronted
“(He has had) visits from Mr Murphy, who
has sat in their lounge room and said he will have the money for the bike
whether it comes from Jeff or they sell the family home and pay him,” Mr
Wilson told the court.
Mr Wilson said Richardson and his family had
moved around Queensland to try to avoid being located by his creditors.
Police arrested him six months later when
they found him living under an assumed name in the coastal town of Bowen.
He was found with a loaded handgun and a
knuckleduster, and yesterday pleaded guilty to possessing illegal weapons.
Judge Dearden said it was concerning that
Richardson had tried to cover up his fraud with the “disappearance” of the
business’s computer server and records before a liquidator took control.
The judge said none of the victims had
“You chose to defraud others in a hopeless
attempt to keep the business running,” Judge Dearden said.