Accused fraudster faces court after stealing chequebook
A MAN has been accused in court of going on a fraudulent spending spree on truck parts and machinery, courtesy of a stolen chequebook.
Malcolm Barry Chicken appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with a string of fraud offences, including using someone else's identity to commit an indictable offence.
Police arrested the 37-year-old on Tuesday morning, only four days after police allege he received a stolen forklift in Caboolture.
Police allege the man stole 800 Commonwealth Bank cheques in transit in December 2009 and used the cheques to purchase machinery at different retailers in south-east Queensland.
Court documents show Chicken is also accused of stealing a man's wallet, bank cards, Medicare card and cash in Cairns in April 2010.
Chicken is accused of, a month later, using a cheque to fraudulently purchase two truck engines and an engine cylinder from All States Diesels in Brisbane.
Police allege the Toowoomba-born man also received two stolen truck engines from GDR Truck Spares in June 2010 before doing the same for two forklifts from Starline Forklifts in Brisbane.
Chicken allegedly used the bank cheques to purchase a bulldozer from Tiaro Machinery Centre in Tiaro, south of Maryborough.
The man was granted bail to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on March 4.