Taxi truck fraud case hits court
FORMER Fitzroy Taxi Trucks owners Richard Andrew and Kaye Isabel Deaves faced court yesterday accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of property.
Both appeared before a committal hearing at Rockhampton Magistrates Court charged with fraud alongside co-accused Madonna Ann Hixon, Tanya Joy Marshall and Peter John Marshall.
The five are accused of fraudulently keeping goods destined for Rockhampton businesses between 2000 and 2005.
All are related; Kaye Deaves is the mother of Richard Deaves and Tanya Marshall, while Hixon and Peter Marshall are their respective partners.
Police raided several properties belonging to the five in May last year, seizing roughly six shipping containers full of goods.
The court yesterday heard the raids came following a complaint from Townsville firm Jessup and Co who were handling Fitzroy's affairs after it went into receivership earlier that month.
It was also revealed four freight companies including Star Trax and EXL had claimed ownership of some of the goods.
Senior Constable Darren Cowles of the Brisbane-based property crime squad told the court police did not videotape searches of the defendants properties and had not expected such a large haul. The hearing will resume on July 19.