Accused fraudster in hospital

A MAN accused of a sophisticated mining recruitment scam was unable to appear before court on Friday because he was in a Rockhampton hospital.

David Bruce Macartney, 62, was arrested this month on fraud charges, accused of falsely recruiting six individuals to work for a major West Australian mining company.

Mr Macartney did not appear when the matter was mentioned in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Friday, but his lawyer faxed a request to Magistrate Stephanie Tonkin, requesting the matter be transferred to Yeppoon.

It will be mentioned in Yeppoon Magistrates Court on October 7.

It is understood Mr Macartney, who has ties to Central Queensland, was in a Rockhampton hospital on Friday.

Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said police would allege Mr Macartney posed as a representative from a high-profile recruitment agency.

The Sunshine Coast CIB officer-in-charge said the West Australian mining company allegedly named by Mr Macartney was in contact with police and concerned about the use of their name in the alleged plot.

Mr Macartney's release on bail included the condition that he hand his passport to police, restricting him from leaving the country. Police claim he defrauded more than $32,000 from six people.

He is charged with four counts of fraud and two counts of attempted fraud.

He has not entered a plea to the charges.

Mr Macartney's six alleged victims, who are all aged from their 20s to 40s, were from the Sunshine Coast.

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