One in eight Queensland bikies has "disassociated" from his gang, allowing him to meet with other criminals beyond the reach of anti-bikie legislation, latest police intelligence reveals.
Among the state's 882 bikies, the trend is most noticeable in the Bandidos, where 28 (or 20 per cent) of its 139 members have "disassociated" from the club.
Police allege it is a form of going underground to avoid detection.
An alleged former Bandido fronted court in Brisbane on Wednesday, charged over an alleged million-dollar property fraud.
Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission alleged the 29-year-old Sunnybank Hills man borrowed $1 million from a bank to build townhouses, which the body will allege did not exist, and to refinance an existing loan.
The CCC alleges the man falsified pre-sale contracts for the townhouses to secure the loan, as well as other financial documents.
The man was scheduled to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday, charged with fraud, after an operation including the Crime and Corruption Commission and Queensland Police Service's specialist bikie unit, Taskforce Maxima.
From July 1, 2014, the previous Queensland Government put in place legislation letting former outlaw motorcycle gang members "disassociate" from their former gang.
While police say some bikies leave the gangs legitimately, they believe others use the technique to avoid the tougher penalties under the previous government's "anti-association legislation".
The trend was described last month by Taskforce Maxima boss Detective Inspector Brendan Smith.
"Since the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment laws were introduced we have seen many power players claim to be disassociated," Detective Inspector Smith told The Gold Coast Bulletin in December.
"They say they are no longer bikies and continue to meet without fear of strict laws," he said.
"We have seen this happen in the couple of years, particularly with the Bandidos."
This trend is now revealed in a police intelligence report to retired Supreme Court judge Alan Wilson's review of the Newman Government's VLAD and association laws.
The June 2015 document shows 104 of the 882 criminal motorcycle gang members have "disassociated" from the 26 criminal gangs.
Queensland's five biggest criminal motorcycle gangs;
- Rebels – 241 confirmed and unconfirmed members – 11 "disassociated"
- Bandidos – 139 "confirmed and unconfirmed members – 28 "disassociated".
- Black Uhlans – 75 members and unconfirmed members - 12 "disassociated"
- Odins Warriors – 69 members and unconfirmed members – 8 "disassociated"
- Outlaws – 49 members and unconfirmed members – 3 "disassociated"
The July 2015 report shows Notorious, the Scorpions, the Mobshitters, the Gladiators and the Coffin Cheaters have no confirmed members in Queensland.
Detective Inspector Smith said the Hells Angels (45 members) and the emerging Finks criminal motorcycle gangs (34 members) were the highest-profile gangs on the Gold Coast.
In the Hells Angels, five of their 45 members have "disassociated" from the club, while in the Finks seven of their 34 members have "disassociated" from the club.
Another emerging criminal Gold Coast motorcycle gang – the Highway 61 motorcycle gang – has 39 confirmed and unconfirmed members and three members have "disassociated" from the club, according to records in June 2015.
Highway 61 formed in New Zealand in 1968.
Seven people, including the alleged Sergeant at Arms of the Brisbane Chapter of Highway 61 were arrested in Tingalpa on January 19.
Police allegedly found 26 grams of ice, 160 grams of MDMA, 400ml of fantasy (GHB) and $5000 in cash in a shed during the arrests.
The police intelligence shows police have charged 84 per cent of the 139 Bandido club members, 68 per cent of the 34 Finks motorcycle club members, 81 per cent of the 32 Mongols and 82 per cent of the 45 Hells Angels.
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate on Wednesday again called for the Queensland Government to be cautious in reviewing the legislation and "not to water down" the laws.
- with Kim Stephens