A Queensland man buried his ute in an enormous hole in his
backyard so he could pocket $18,000 in insurance money, a
court has heard.
Police claim Martin John Dale used an excavator to bury his
vehicle in his yard at Gordonvale, near Cairns.
The 52-year-old reported it stolen in 2008 and allegedly
claimed an $18,200 insurance payout after police found no
trace of the ute.
Officers say a tip-off from the public led to Dale being
charged with one count of fraud.
His case was briefly mentioned in the Cairns Magistrates
Court on Monday. It was adjourned until September 16.