Mean Ma­chine mem­ber bailed over fraud

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

OLYMPIC swim­mer Neil Brooks and his wife have faced court over an al­leged $ 1.95 mil­lion fraud but the Mean Ma­chine mem­ber says he’s got “noth­ing to hide”.

The 1980 med­ley re­lay gold medal­list ap­peared in the Bris­bane Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing charged with one count of fraud and was bailed on con­di­tions in­clud­ing that he re­side at a Hong Kong ad­dress.

Court doc­u­ments al­lege Brooks “dis­hon­estly in­duced” Glenn Melcheck to de­liver $ 1.95 mil­lion to Al­fords Op­er­a­tions Pty Ltd in Fe­bru­ary 26, 2008 at South­port. Out­side court, the for­mer swim­mer and sports com­men­ta­tor said he was look­ing for­ward to fac­ing his ac­cusers.

Brooks was ar­rested yes­ter­day morn­ing when he flew into Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional Air­port and sur­ren­dered to de­tec­tives from the Fi­nan­cial and Cy­ber Crime Group. His mat­ter will re­turn to court on De­cem­ber 11.

His wife Linda Brooks also faced court yes­ter­day on a sim­i­lar fraud charge, but will be re­quired to come back to­day as Mag­is­trate Suzette Coates said she needed more in­for­ma­tion be­fore sign­ing off on bail.

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