Two men in court charged with 45 counts each of cyber crime

TYLER Keenan and James McTaggart will appear before Rockhampton Magistrates Court on February 18 charged with 45 counts each of cyber crime and one each of break-and-enter.

The respective owner and former owner of Bridge Computers in Rockhampton and Yeppoon appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates court Wednesday morning on 22 charges related to cyber crime and break-and-enter.

The pair allegedly pocketed $30,000 in profit from cyber crime.

Mr Keenan and MrMcTaggart allegedly set up fake identities, fake bank accounts and mobile phones in fake names and carried out an elaborate and sophisticated ruse selling items on popular online classifieds website Gumtree.

A break-in at a Yeppoon home, where computer equipment was stolen, sparked a police investigation in 2014 and the pair was arrested in mid-December.

Data from that computer equipment was allegedly used to generate the false identity.

The pair also faces 70 charges between them related to allegedly scamming between $50,000-$70,000 from festival-goers.

Police will allege the pair created false identities with a false bank account and mobile phone number, as well as a false account with Gumtree to sell the fake tickets.

Both Mr Keenan and MrMcTaggart were yesterday granted bail and are set to reappear before Rockhampton Magistrates court at 9am on February 18.


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