Bandidos boss Jason Addison arrested and charged with extortion
The alleged national president of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang is charged with forcing a former member to sign over his home and businesses.
Detectives arrested Victorian man Jason Addison, 50, in Queensland today over claims he extorted the former gang member, who was kicked out of the club for complying with police officers in 2011.
Police will allege the president demanded the victim sign over his Sunshine Coast marble business, valued at $200,000, his motorcycle and family home and threatened personal harm to the victim if he did not agree.
The victim, fearing for his and his family's safety, transferred the business to a company operated by the accused.
The alleged offender is due to appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said the arrest showed that the criminality of bikie gangs went all the away to the top.
"Here we have a person's livelihood taken away and their personal safety threatened for complying with a lawful requirement," he said.
Investigations are continuing.