Alleged construction scam fraudster kept in jail

THREE different names, $80,000 stolen, 17 fraud charges, one man.

A court has heard how former Coolum man Jamie Robert Stoddart allegedly defrauded $80,000 from victims on the Sunshine Coast and Townsville over three years through an elaborate construction scam.

Police alleged Mr Stoddart, 32, had claimed to have carried out construction contracts but instead fled with substantial deposits.

In the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Monday, Magistrate Cliff Taylor shuffled through a huge amount of paperwork outlining Mr Stoddart's lengthy list of charges. Mr Stoddart appeared via videolink.

He will remain in custody at the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Facility while his 26 charges, including the fraud related charges, are pending.

The court heard Mr Stoddart also went by the names of Brad Walker and Paul Stephenson O'Sullivan.

Media reports contend Mr Stoddart ripped off Cyclone Yasi victims while he was employed by a builder legitimately contracted to carry out post-cyclone repairs.

The construction company had no knowledge of Mr Stoddart's alleged offending.

Mr Stoddart also appeared on matters of drink-driving, possessing tainted property, forgery and providing false identification information in relation to taking a flight.

He will appear via videolink in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on October 20.

The court indicated Mr Stoddart's matter would proceed to the District Court.



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