‘Down to earth Aussie’ in SA court for alleged fraud

2016-07-15 17:57

Cape Town – An Australian man, who allegedly defrauded unsuspecting business people through his mining company, was arrested this week, the Hawks said on Friday.

Luke David Bracken, owner of Bracken International Mining, was arrested for fraud on Tuesday, said Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda.

He appeared in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday, where he was told he would remain behind bars until his bail application next week.

Bracken listed himself on Facebook as the chairman and CEO of Bracken International mining. He is from Sydney, Australia.

His intro stated: "Hi I'm a typical down to earth Aussie I live by the motto be good to me and I'll be good to you."

Netshiunda said Bracken allegedly defrauded several people by promising to fund and organise international business deals.

In one instance, he allegedly promised $250 in funding.

"He then presented the victims with fraudulent SWIFT transfer letters and the unsuspecting business owners paid for his flight to South Africa as well as for his accommodation."

He allegedly attempted to solicit another $12 000 and £20 000.

This was apparently to fly to Brussels in order to release $500m, which he claimed would be used to fund the South African business people.

He would return to court next Thursday.

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