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BANK CON SCOT IS HELD FOR OZ SCAM; He faces pounds 162,000 fraud claim.

A SCOT wanted in connection with a pounds 93,000 bank fraud is languishing in an Australian jail after trying to steal from one of the country's biggest mines.

Brian Goldie, 32, a former Royal Bank of Scotland supervisor, fled in 1992 after allegedly targeting his employer because he had a grudge against them.

Goldie left Scotland - and wife Caroline and daughter Nicole - in the February, returning in July and then departing for Australia in December.

But his Aussie dream has turned sour after he was arrested in Queensland, accused of defrauding pounds 162,000 from the remote Murrin Murrin nickel mine in Western Australia.

Two months after starting, he allegedly wrote a company cheque but used it to pay for a luxury motorboat. And now he faces being extradited back to Scotland before facing his Australian trial next year.

In 1994, warrants were issued at Edinburgh Sheriff Court against Goldie for a string of fraud cases but extradition proceedings were not supported by the Crown.

His extraordinary life in Australia unfolded when he appealed to a tribunal against an Immigration Department decision, refusing him a visa to remain in the country.

Jill Weiss, an Australian former arts student who was married to Goldie between 1993 and 1994, said he was "a very good conman" who wed her to gain entry to Australia.

Jill and Christina Spence, a second woman he had a relationship with, have both told authorities in Australia Goldie confessed to the pounds 93,000 fraud against the Royal Bank of Scotland.
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Author:Mccolm, Euan
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 7, 2000
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