Police catch up with alleged fraudster after eight years

Back in 2005, Wendy and John Ford sold their Winnebago camper trailer to a man who allegedly paid with a counterfeit bank cheque.
Back in 2005, Wendy and John Ford sold their Winnebago camper trailer to a man who allegedly paid with a counterfeit bank cheque. Karleila Thomsen

A MAN has been arrested after he allegedly bought a $170,000 luxury campervan from a Hervey Bay couple in 2005, with a dishonoured cheque.

 

A Queensland police spokesman confirmed the man, 60, was arrested in Brisbane, after an eight-year investigation.

John Ford and his wife Wendy were the victims of the alleged offence, when they were living in Kawungan.

The couple wanted to sell their luxury 28-foot campervan, and Mr Ford told the Chronicle they sold it to a man in Gympie, who paid with a cheque for $170,000.

This cheque was allegedly dishonoured, and the man (and the van) was not seen again by the Fords or the police for eight years.

Mr Ford said he heard the man was living in the Philippines.

Police confirmed the man had spent time out of Australia.

The man is scheduled to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on June 17.

Mr and Mrs Ford now live in Wellington, New South Wales.



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