Gambler accused of ripping off $200K from Rebels member

A GAMBLER is accused of ripping off a Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang member of $200,000 after the men shared jail time.

Surveyor Justin Sheehan, 39, was arrested at his Calliope home by Gladstone police yesterday and charged with three counts of fraud.

In the afternoon he began a bail application before magistrate Mark Morrow.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens opposed bail, saying Sheehan, a father to six children, had previous fraud and stealing offences and the new allegations involved fraud committed against a former sergeant-of-arms in the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang.

Gladstone Magistrates Court heard that Sheehan received $200,000 in three payments made to him in May and July 2013.

"His partner tells us he has an out of control gambling addiction and documents show he continues to gamble despite being unemployed," Sgt Stevens said.

"$190,000 was also transferred from the victim's account into Tom, a horse racing and book making facility."

Sgt Stevens said Sheehan may fail to appear and was likely to continue offending to support his gambling.

"While no threats have been made against him, police are aware of links to the motorcycle gang which has a previous propensity toward violence," Sgt Stevens said.

He said both men had an intimate knowledge of each other's lives.

Police allege Sheehan met the man inside Maryborough Correctional Centre in 2012, telling him he was the director of an investment company.

Sgt Stevens said the man sold his family home while in jail and Sheehan told him he could invest the money for a return of 5%.

He said Sheehan, when released, made phone calls to the man in jail which police had copies.

Police say they also found passwords at his home for online gaming accounts and relevant bank documents.

"I'm so mad at him at this point of time," Sheehan's partner told the court in a phone hook-up.

Mr Morrow said he was not prepared to bail him to reside at home; the application was adjourned part-heard.

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