No bail for ‘Mon­str’ car fraud ac­cused

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - CAMP­BELL GELLIE camp­

A HUN­DRED thou­sands dollars wasn’t enough to get Scott Al­lan Stone­man out of cus­tody over his al­leged role in a “Mon­str” in­ter­state high­end car fraud syn­di­cate.

The Coomera busi­ness man­ager of pop­u­lar cloth­ing and car mod­i­fi­ca­tion busi­ness Mon­str was de­nied bail in the Tweed Heads Lo­cal Court on Mon­day.

That was de­spite his brother and sis­ter each throw­ing in $50,000 in surety that Stone­man would not leave the coun­try or breach bail.

Mag­is­trate Ge­off Dun­levy said he could not be cer­tain Stone­man would not try to leave Aus­tralia.

Stone­man, 35, was de­nied bail when he first ap­peared in court last month.

His co-ac­cused, Mon­str owner and al­leged Co­manchero gang mem­ber Shane An­thony Ross, 35, was granted bail at the time due to poor health af­ter hav­ing brain tu­mours re­moved on Septem­ber 8. An­other mem­ber of the al­leged syn­di­cate re­mains on the run.

Stone­man and Ross, both from Coomera, ap­peared in court at Tweed Heads in Septem­ber af­ter be­ing ex­tra­dited from Queens­land. Ross was granted bail while Stone­man was kept in cus­tody.

Mr Dun­levy’s de­ci­sion to keep Stone­man in cus­tody was made on new po­lice doc­u­ments filed in court which al­lege the syn­di­cate had a so­phis­ti­cated fake iden­ti­fi­ca­tion racket.

Po­lice al­lege in court doc­u­ments that Stone­man “has com­mit­ted se­ri­ous de­cep­tion of­fences as part of an or­gan­ised crim­i­nal group, which at this stage has ex­cesses $4,433,835”.

Po­lice al­lege the syn­di­cate would use fake IDs to se­cure car loans from ma­jor fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions such as the Com­mon­wealth Bank, Sun­corp, Mercedes Fi­nance, Toy­ota and Nis­san.

It is al­leged the syn­di­cate would se­cure loans for high­end cars such as Mercedes, and Holden HSV GTS and HSV ClubS­ports and then change the pay­ment de­tails to BPAY, make three pay­ments and stop.

The op­er­a­tion used fake IDs to reg­is­ter cars with NSW Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vice so the fi­nance com­pa­nies could not lo­cate them, po­lice al­lege in court doc­u­ments.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions iden­ti­fied the group as us­ing no less than 16 faces … how­ever the fig­ure is ex­pected to be far greater,” po­lice al­lege. “In­ves­ti­ga­tors are aware of 50 suc­cess­ful loan ap­pli­ca­tions.”

Po­lice al­lege the syn­di­cate then sold the cars.

Fraser Lawyers’ Marty Longhurst told the court Stone­man would not talk to Ross if he was re­leased and he had work with an­other com­pany.

“The al­le­ga­tions against my client as a whole are sig­nif­i­cant,” he said. But the sum on the front page (of the facts) is mys­ti­fy­ing in re­spect to Mr Stone­man.”

The po­lice sum­mary of facts al­lege a stolen Ford Ranger was found at Stone­man’s Coomera home when it was raided by Queens­land po­lice in May last year.

“It is what is re­ported to be a work ve­hi­cle,” Mr Longhurst said.

“I know the reg­is­tered owner later made com­ment that my client asked him to reg­is­ter the ve­hi­cle in his name but it is osten­si­bly used for work.”

Mag­is­trate Dun­levy said de­spite two peo­ple post­ing con­sid­er­able amounts of money for Stone­man to be re­leased on bail, he thought he was still a “se­ri­ous con­cern to the com­mu­nity”.

“I have se­ri­ous con­cerns of him com­mit­ting a se­ri­ous of­fence or con­tact­ing the other co-ac­cused,” he said. “Bail is re­fused.” Stone­man will ap­pear at Camp­bell­town Lo­cal Court on Novem­ber 21 along with Ross and fel­low co-ac­cused Hi­lal Merhi.

An­other co-ac­cused, Mo­hamad Alamed­dine, will face nu­mer­ous fraud charges at Sutherland Dis­trict Court on Novem­ber 12.

Al­leged ring­leader Chris­tian Nas­sar is still on the run af­ter ram­ming a po­lice car in Syd­ney on Septem­ber 18.

Ac­cused bikie Shane Ross has al­legedly been in­volved high-end car fraud syn­di­cate.

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