Australia Olympic champion Neil Brooks and wife charged with fraud

02:52  13 november  2017
02:52  13 november  2017 Source:

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Former Australian swimmer Neil Brooks and his wife will fight charges over an alleged .95 million fraud , their lawyer says, with police accusing the pair of duping an investor into purchasing a stake in their sports clothing business.

An Olympic champion who went on to commentate, Neil Brooks has been charged with fraud . Linda Brooks (right), the wife of Olympian Neil Brooks , arrives with lawyer Chris Hannay at the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Former Australian gold medallist Neil Brooks.© AAP Image Former Australian gold medallist Neil Brooks. Former Australian Olympic swimmer Neil Brooks has been charged over an alleged $1.95 million fraud.

The 55-year-old, who won a relay gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, is due to face the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning.

His wife Linda, also known as Elle, has also been charged with fraud and faced court during a brief hearing.

Detectives from Queensland police's Financial and Cyber Crime Group arrested Mr Brooks this morning and claim the alleged fraud dates back to 2008.

They alleged the pair were directors of a sports clothing manufacturing company that made dishonest representations about the success of the business in order to induce an investor to buy 50 per cent of the business.

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Former Olympian Neil Brooks faced court on Monday charged with serious fraud . Linda Brooks (right), the wife of former Olympic swimmer Neil Brooks (left) will have to return to Four men who 'gang raped a woman and beat her to death' after watching the Champions League final are shown

Ms Brooks, 45, was arrested in Perth in late October.

Detectives said Mr Brooks flew to the Brisbane International Airport to surrender after negotiations with police.

Magistrate Suzette Coles said she was unhappy with Ms Brooks' bail conditions, which police prosecutor Matt Kahler said would allow her to live in Bali.

"So I'm going to let her trot off to Bali? That's magical isn't it?" Magistrate Coles said. Sergeant Kahler replied: "It's not ideal, your honour."

Magistrate Coles said she would not be "just ticking off on some bail application".

"I need more information than 'she'll be right mate'."

Ms Brooks' bail application was adjourned until Tuesday morning.

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