A 42-year-old Airlie Beach woman has been arrested in relation to alleged fraud and forgery offences totalling more than $2.2 million.
It is alleged the woman had used other peoples’ identities, including the identity of a deceased friend, to fraudulently obtain ownership of properties and loans against those properties.
Bundaberg detectives started investigations in April after the widow of the Bundaberg man reported receiving requests for debt payments in the deceased man’s name.
During the investigation it was established the woman had transferred ownership of an Airlie Beach property to a trust in the name of the deceased Bundaberg man and obtained a loan against the property.
On July 27 the Airlie Beach woman was charged with one offence of fraud greater than $100,000 and one offence of personation.
She was then charged with three further offences of fraud greater than $100,000, two offences of forgery and four offences of uttering forged documents.
“This is a great example of regional detectives undertaking complex financial crime investigations and achieving excellent outcomes for the victims,” says Officer in Charge of the Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch, Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Bishop.
The woman was released on conditional bail to appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on November 18.