Bizzare finds in Taxi Co raid
RAIDS that revealed six shipping containers stuffed with miscellaneous goods worth about half a million dollars have led to five people being charged with fraud.
Kaye I. Deaves, owner of bankrupt business Fitzroy Taxi Trucks, and her daughter, Tania Marshall, were released from police custody yesterday with notices to appear in Rockhampton Court on June 21.
Arrested and charged with fraud were Mrs Deaves's son Richard A. Deaves, her son-in-law, Peter Marshall, and Donna Hixon, all will also appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on June 21.
Senior Constable Darren Cowles said another warrant was executed in Emerald yesterday.
Trying to make sense of what was taken by the business, Constable Cowles of Brisbane said: "They were 'bower birds'. They just collected everything.
"One of the items was a box of thongs. You would have thought one thong would have been enough.''
Moira Carter of Jessup and Partners, the appointed trustees of the business's bankruptcy proceedings, said they contacted police about the goods after receiving information resulting from their investigations.
"I'm not a criminalist, but there doesn't seem to be any rhyme nor reason about what was taken,'' she said.
The bankruptcy of Mrs Deaves, owner of Fitzroy Taxi Trucks, had affected businesses and individuals in towns across Central Queensland.