Organised Crime Gangs Group arrests, Public Office Misconduct

An investigation conducted by the Organised Crime Gangs Group into the fraudulent issuing of motorcycle licence competency certificates between 2014 and 2016 has culminated in further charges against the two principal operators.

The investigation, commenced by officers from Taskforce Maxima’s Road Policing Unit in early 2016, initially focused on information regarding the fraudulent obtaining of motorcycle licences by outlaw motorcycle gang members.

This week, further charges have been laid against the two principals. It is alleged both men were accredited Q-Ride trainers connected to a motorcycle training business that operated in the Beenleigh area. The men have been charged with one count each of misconduct in relation to public office.

It is alleged during 2016 the two men falsely signed and issued competency declaration documents without requiring the applicant riders to complete the proper training and assessment process. It is further alleged on each occasion, the applicant riders paid cash to the trainers and then received the completed competency declaration.

The charges this week against the two men brings the total arrest figure for the investigation to 23 people on over 100 offences. Ten of the applicant riders are alleged to have been members of OMCG clubs including the Hells Angels, Nomads, Bandidos and Comancheros.

“We will use our full arsenal of capabilities to exploit every opportunity to proactively target the highest risk OMCGs and detect their criminality. Ten OMCG members have been charged to date as part of this investigation.

“There is a risk in associating or dealing in criminal activity with OMCG or other organised crime and we will prosecute you,” Detective Superintendent Niland said.


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