Doubts over Bracken's whereabouts
VICTIMS of alleged fraudster Luke Bracken believe he has been deported from South Africa but are struggling to receive confirmation he will return to Australia.
His estranged sister-in-law, Lee Fraser, says she has been advised by a South African Police contact that Mr Bracken has been released into the custody of Immigration officials ahead of his deportation.
Sunshine Coast Police are investigating at least 12 complaints from women who say they either provided Mr Bracken with short-term loans or invested in mining operations he claimed to be conducting in Asia and Africa.
A Coast police spokesman said it was still to receive advice or confirmation of Mr Bracken's travel movements.
The owner of Bracken International Mining has been in custody since allegedly defrauding several South African business people.
In one instance it is alleged he attempted to solicit $US12,000 and 20,000 Sterling Pounds which he said would be used to fly to Brussels to secure the release of $US500million to be used to fund their business ventures.
Bracken shifted to the Sunshine Coast in the late 1980s and later managed Broken Head quarry while living at Fernleigh.
He first came to attention in 1995 as the writer, director and co-producer of the documentary Our Children Didn't Come Home, which told the tragic story of ex-pats Kellie Wilkinson, Dominic Chappell and Tina Dominy who had been kidnapped and executed by the Khmer Rouge on April 11-12, 1994.
Sunshine Coast Police said at the time of his South African arrest they had investigating Mr Bracken in relation to several complaints.
Det Sen Sgt Edwards said police remained unsure of the extent of Mr Bracken's activities but it involved at least hundreds of thousands of dollars here and possibly millions with more complainants interstate.
The Australian Federal Police, the federal Attorney General's department and the Australian Border Force would not comment on individual matters.
However a Border Force spokesperson said state police could request to be informed when he re-entered the country.