6 Apr 2017

Mt Burrell Land Scam Exposed in Criminal Prosecution

An alleged multi-million-dollar investment fraud offering fake shares in a Mt Burrell “Eco Village” was challenged in a private prosecution at Murwillumbah Court, NSW, on March 28th. Founders of the land-share initiative, Mark Darwin and Adrian Brennock with company directors Steven McSween and Richard Moate, were charged with criminal fraud and larceny. They declined to appear in court but were represented by solicitor Ian McKay, instructed to plead “Not Guilty." Court Orders set a schedule for filing evidence.
Mt Warning Eco Village advertising lots for sale at mountwarningecovillage.com.au
The private prosecution was initiated by defrauded investor Gi Linda, who also filed a statutory demand on the company Wollumbin Horizons Pty Ltd, starting winding-up procedures to stop the land-share scam. With an investigation by Coomera Police of the alleged fraud and civil litigation by defrauded investors in preparation, the criminal prosecution was initiated to fast-track justice. The aim is to achieve restitution for creditors with urgent claims now totaling over $1.5 million of failed investments, plus delinquent loans, misappropriation of superannuation, defamation and destruction and theft of property.

Supporting evidence documents a fraud that began in 2014, involving sale of lots in Bhula Bhula  Communitywithout advising potential investors that the advertised land-share sites were located on environmentally protected land where multiple occupancy was not permitted. 

The community failed, leaving angry investors bereft in 2016 yet the audacious fraud was continued by Darwin and Brennock, with an ambitious new venture — Mt Warning Eco Village — an even larger proposed “intentional community” at Mt Burrell. Misleading advertising offers residential lots with optional cabins on 3,500 pristine acres with lilly-clad lagoons and mountain views, where it is clearly known by the promoters that habitation is prohibited, since no developmet approval exists and much of the proposed "village" lies within rainwater catchment boundaries.  

Optional cabins are offered at Mt Warning Eco Village