Men arrested over scaffolding scam

FOUR men arrested at the weekend for what police claim to be an interstate scaffolding scam were bailed in Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday.

Police claim the four – Lismore residents Neil William Laurence Fabry, 25, and Corey Frazer, 31, and Laurence Raymond Fabry, 47, of Sydney, and Robert John Brooker, 60, of Beenleigh – were linked to the theft of $300,000 in scaffolding.

Objecting to their bail applications, prosecutor Sergeant Tony Costa said police believed the scaffolding was to be on-sold in Queensland for $150,000.

It is believed the scaffolding was hired from a company in New South Wales under the guise it was to be transported to Bathurst.

However, the equipment was found in Toowoomba at the weekend by police. They were alerted by a truck driver who became suspicious when it was being unloaded from one truck on to another vehicle.

Toowoomba solicitor Nathan Bouchier represented all four accused in court yesterday.

He said Neil Fabry ran a scaffolding business in Lismore which employed eight people and, at times, up to eight contractors.

Should he be remanded in custody the business would come to a halt and put the jobs of the employees in jeopardy, he said.

Each of his clients had substantial ties to their home towns and did not pose a flight risk and each was willing to put up surety of $2000 if required.

None of the accused was required to enter any pleas to the stealing charges.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck bailed Brooker on condition he report to Beenleigh police three times a week while on remand.

The New South Wales-based accused, Neil and Laurence Fabry and Frazer, were granted bail on each providing a cash deposit of $2000.

All four will be excused from attending court on August 10 when the matters will next be mentioned.

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