A man arrested in Australia for "significant'' credit card fraud is alleged to have used money fleeced from bank accounts to travel to New Zealand on fake passports.
The British man was arrested last night by detectives from the Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad.
It is alleged he established a number of fraudulent businesses in Queensland and duplicated and skimmed the credit card details of customers, police said in a statement.
The man allegedly withdrew significant amounts of cash from bank accounts before fleeing the country, travelling between Australia, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Malaysia and New Zealand on false passports.
Police last night located the man at a home at Tewantin on the Sunshine Coast.
Credit card skimming and duplication equipment and other evidence was seized.
The 44-year-old is charged with three counts of fraud, and one count each of possession of times used to forge documents and possession of tainted property.
He is due to face Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning.
Police say investigations are continuing.