Increases In Fraud & Dishonesty Offences

Gold Coast Bulletin | Meilinda Siegmeier | December 13th, 2010

Doubling of dirty deeds

We are desperate and dishonest.

Almost twice the number of people have turned to dishonesty during tough economic times, leaving Gold Coast residents more likely to be ripped off than burgled.

The latest serious crime statistics released by the Director of Public Prosecutions show a 56 per cent rise in fraud offenses and a 51 per cent decline in burglaries from the 2008-09 to 2009-10 financial years. Continue reading Increases In Fraud & Dishonesty Offences

Real Estate Row Results In Restraining Order Against Leading Agent

A Gold Coast real estate agent slapped with a restraining order for making a throat-slitting gesture to a rival agent has vowed to appeal.

Ray White principal Gary William Gannon was officially ordered to have no direct or indirect contact with fellow agent and developer Rod Lambert for 12 months. Continue reading Real Estate Row Results In Restraining Order Against Leading Agent

Firepower Extortion Charges Dropped

Maxwell Healy Perth real estate agent and pigeon enthusiast, Maxwell Raymond Healy (right), 62, and his solicitor Mark Williams (left) leave Southport Magistrates Court on the Gold Coast on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010.

Healy had an extortion charge dropped against him after he was accused of trying to extort $200,000 from Firepower chief Tim Johnson following the company’s $100 million collapse. Clip & Image – (AAP Image/Lisa Martin) Continue reading Firepower Extortion Charges Dropped

Property Deal Led To ‘Death Threats’

Allegations of underworld death threats and real estate scams on the Gold Coast’s “Millionaires Row” have been aired in court.

Resident Rod Lambert yesterday told the court that he feared for his life after alleged threats from a high-profile real estate agent and Ken Lacey.

Lambert, who lives in a beachfront mansion at Mermaid Beach, told Southport Magistrates Court he was so scared he kept a knife and baseball bat in his car and he and his teenage son had slept with knives. Continue reading Property Deal Led To ‘Death Threats’

Lawyer Shark Enters The Brisbane Pool

2 February 2010 | by The New Lawyer |

Ships may be sinking and clients drowning, but a prominent lawyer has entered the pool hoping to make a splash in the Brisbane market.

Queensland’s largest private criminal law firm, Potts Lawyers, opened this month in Brisbane after 29 years on the Gold Coast.

The firm, lead by legal heavyweight Bill Potts, was attracted by the crackdown and prosecution of “cowboys” involved in illegal financial service practices through the global financial crisis. Continue reading Lawyer Shark Enters The Brisbane Pool