Aust Bandidos president to appear in Maroochydore court
THE National President of the Bandidos Criminal Motorcycle Gang has been charged with fraud and stealing after being arrested in Ballarat by officers from the Sunshine Coast Gang Squad.
It follows the arrests of three Queensland members of the Bandidos CMG on December 17 for the alleged extortion of a former member of the Sunshine Coast chapter of the club when he tried to resign.
Those three men have faced court, with two of the three remanded in custody to reappear on January 19.
The third man was released on conditional bail to reappear on January 15.
Police will allege the victim's Harley Davidson motorcycle was re-registered in Victoria in the name of the Bandidos National President
Victoria Police's criminal motorcycle gang unit Taskforce Echo assisted in the investigation, executing a search warrant on behalf of Queensland police on December 4 2014 at the home of the Bandidos National President, seizing a computer, phone and various documents.
The Bandidos National President, a 49-year-old Echuca man appeared at Ballarat Magistrates Court and was granted bail to appear at Maroochydore Magistrates Court on January 19.
He was ordered to have no contact with any prosecution witnesses or the other three co accused and is required to report to the Echuca Police Station three days a week.
Acting Detective Superintendent Bruce McNab from the Central Police Region said this was excellent work by the Sunshine Coast Gang Squad with the assistance of Taskforce Maxima and demonstrates the continued commitment of all police towards dismantling organised crime in the region.
Acting Detective Inspector David Cove said the investigation highlighted the degree of cooperation between law enforcement agencies across jurisdictions in tackling CMG-related crime.
"The arrest of the National President of the Bandidos CMG based in Victoria on offences alleged to have occurred in Queensland shows the nationwide inter-operability and collegiate approach police in Australia towards CMG area."
"We are determined to prosecute the heads of these criminal gangs where ever possible and today's arrest demonstrates our resolve and our reach."
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.