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Bikie fraud scam raised more than $3 million, police claim

POLICE claim to have busted a fraudster, with links to the Finks bikie gang, after uncovering an alleged scam through which more than $3 million was raised. 

Detectives working on Taskforce Maxima have charged a 30-year-old with fraud and drug offences as part of an operation titled North Guitar. 

It's alleged the man worked as a salesman, fraudulently selling memberships and inducing people to deposit funds into financial and community trade schemes, as part of a cold call investment fraud that operated on the Gold Coast between August 2014 and January 2016.

Early this year police arrested the former treasurer of the Finks - also allegedly in relation to this scam. 

Police believe more than $3 million was transferred into the bank accounts of the companies the man was working for . 

"OMCGs are involved in diverse criminal activity and yesterday's arrest is yet another example of the type of conduct they are prepared to get involved with in order to generate funds to feedback into their criminal enterprises," said Detective Inspector Phillip Stevens, from Taskforce Maxima.

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