Accused fraudster allegedly scammed $70k from one man

A VICTORIAN man who is accused of scamming a Stanthorpe man out of $70,000 has had his matter mentioned in court.

Brian John Kelly, 33, was charged last year with fraud, money laundering, impersonation and property and drug offences.

He is understood to have links to bikie gangs.

The Stanthorpe man was one of about 12 victims in Queensland who police said were scammed between March 2013 and February last year after Kelly allegedly cloned the website of a legitimate Western Australian investment company.

The Brisbane Supreme Court heard on Friday that Kelly was also facing nine charges in Victoria of obtaining financial advantage through deception.

The sentencing proceedings in the Victoria matter were under way before being adjourned and Kelly was released on bail.

The court heard Kelly then travelled to Queensland, where Taskforce Maxima investigators arrested him for the matters currently before the Queensland courts.

Kelly was initially refused bail and a warrant for his arrest was subsequently issued in Victoria for failing to appear at his part-heard sentencing hearing.

The matter will come back before the courts.

Topics:  court crime fraud scam stanthorpe

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