Bracken bail hearing adjourned in South Africa
A BAIL application by alleged fraudster Luke Bracken was expected be adjourned by a court in Pretoria where he is being held following his arrest in mid July.
Maroochydore Police Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said South African police had confirmed Mr Bracken was being held in relation to a scheme, similar to a number police are investigating on the Sunshine Coast.
Det Sen Sgt Edwards said South African investigators had told Sunshine Coast police it was alleged Mr Bracken had attempted to defraud a businessman of $250,000.
He said police in South Africa had sought a further adjournment to Bracken's bail hearing to allow further evidence to be gathered.
Det Sen Sgt Edwards the South Africans had been emailed details of investigations being carried out by Maroochydore police.
"We will struggle to get him back here while he is facing matters there,'' he said.
"We will continue to cooperate with South African police and will seek their help in tracking his movements.''
After his arrest in South Africa allegations began to emerge in Australia about Mr Bracken's activities with private investigator Des Beaton saying he had identified at least $15 million worth of potential fraud he is alleged to have committed.
At least 12 Sunshine Coast women were convinced to either lend Bracken money or to invest in various gold-mining schemes.
Sydney debt collector Freddie Nassif alleged Bracken had taken $500,000 from a group of investors he organised.
Mr Nassif said when he finally realised he was being taken for a ride he had bashed Bracken in a Dubai hotel, an action which was to result in his own arrest and imprisonment for three months before receiving bail.
The charges were not ultimately resolved before July this year when he was able to return home.