Irish group wanted over more alleged scams in Queensland

Lula Sharp
March 12, 2018

Some of the Irish scammers who've brazenly ripped off Queenslanders have fled Australia, while others have gone to ground.

Police are investigating 12 offences which have occurred between Brisbane and the Gold Coast since January involving nine people, all believed to be tourists from Ireland.

"We've also engaged our colleagues at the Australian Border Force".

"We are working closely with Queensland Police regarding those remaining onshore, and also engaging with global partners to ensure all relevant information on the group is understood and shared", he said.

Det Supt Flemming said police were eager to hear the groups' side of the stories.

Police said the men appeared to be targeting elderly homeowners by taking payments for house repairs but never finishing the work, while the women are accused of targeting shops and restaurants.

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The crimes are said to have happened up and down the country's Gold Coast.

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"There's no doubt we had the suspicion and there's absolutely no doubt we had the concern, but actually getting to the point where we can prosecute, well we believe we're in that position now".

"Five men are alleged to have defrauded an elderly man of more than AUS$25,000 for repairs to a roof that wasn't conducted".

A Brisbane woman who evicted some of the families from properties she was managing says she's since been intimidated for speaking out.

"Their threatening behaviour has been ongoing since they were removed from our building, and some were removed, some fled in the middle of the night", Ms Carmichael told the Nine Network.

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