Big Dad's Pies businessman faces alleged fraud heat
A BUSINESSMAN whose family established the now defunct Big Dad's Pies has fronted court after being charged with a host of fraud-related offences.
Stephen John Donnelly, 54, was arrested on December 31, 2015 and charged with eight offences including seven counts of fraud and one count of falsely representing himself to be a person living, dead, real or fictitious.
The alleged offences occurred between July 6, 2014 and May 12, 2015 at West Ipswich and North Ipswich.
Mr Donnelly was arrested again on January 4, 2016 and charged with a further two offences including one count of forgery and uttering and one count of utter forged documents.
Those offences allegedly occurred on November 9, 2011.
The Queensland Times understand the charges relate to Mr Donnelly allegedly embezzling money from his former employer, its customers and their business suppliers.
Mr Donnelly allegedly opened up bank accounts in other people's names to funnel the stolen money into.
The amount of money allegedly stolen is more than $160,000.
Another man, co-accused Daniel James McDonald, 44, was also charged last year with fraud after dishonestly inducing delivery of property to the value of more than $30,000.
The alleged offence occurred on September 1, 2014 at West Ipswich.
The Queensland Times understand the charge relates to the sale of a pie business to a third person in which Mr McDonald falsely claimed he owned in conjunction Mr Donnelly.
Both men appeared on Tuesday in Ipswich Magistrates Court where their legal representative sought an adjournment.
Magistrate Virginia Sturgess granted the application and listed the matter for mention on May 4.
Both men remain free on bail.
Mr Donnelly recently opened up a new business called Two Pie Guys with one store located in Yamanto and another in Toowoomba.