Man arrested over Elite Caravans embezzlement

Article by · 26 February 2018 ·

A former employee of Elite Caravans has been arrested in relation to the embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars of company money. At the time of his arrest, the man was allegedly working as a sales representative of another caravan manufacturer. A witness has told ROAM he was led away from the Victorian Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow at 10:30am by three detectives.

We’ll update the story here as we have more.

UPDATE: 27 Feb, 2018.
A former employee of Elite Caravans has contacted ROAM confirming he is the one who has been questioned by police in relation to the fraud. It’s understood he’s been charged and will appear in court on March 5. In the man’s facebook message to us, he says –

Hi Admin I’m am the person taken for questioning re Elite I was questioned and have implicated Other [persons.] Everyone is arrested when being questioned as this matter will go before courts anything is alleged. This is why I can’t mention names and you can’t mention mine. Regards

We have contacted Elite Caravan’s management, and to their knowledge, no other persons have been implicated by police.

UPDATE: Comment from police

“Hume Crime Investigation Unit detectives arrested a man at a caravan exhibition in Flemington yesterday.

It is alleged the man was fraudulently obtaining cash whilst buying and selling caravans over the past three years.

A 43-year-old Kilsyth man has been charged with 17 counts of obtain property by deception and one count of proceeds of crime.

He has been bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 5 March.”

Read the initial story here – Elite Caravans Investigates $1million embezzlement.


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    What it hundreds of thousands or a million?

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      Brendan Batty

      We were originally told a million, although that figure has changed a number of times since. It’s most certainly believed to be close to $1m

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    That’s brilliant news. I hope they throw the book at him!!

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      if they throw a book at him, he’d probably pinch that too!

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    He’s a snake and has done it before at United financial service. Cried his way out of it then.
    Jail for you buddy

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    I hope that he gets what he deserves if guilty. However it doesn’t take away the fact that elite are the worst company I have ever dealt with. We bought a caravan off them in nov 2016 and have battled with them since to repair 40+ warranty issues. They no longer answer emails or return phone calls. They have sucked to joy out of buying our first van. We have had to lodge a complaint with fair trading to try and get what we paid for.

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      Jason please contact in regards to your comments. Please send contact details and chassis number so I can review your file.

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        Adrian – frankly you are full of crap. I have been through the same issues at least three times and what remains are works that were faulty at the time of purchase or developed because of initial faulty work. You remain the worst company I have ever dealt with.

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    It’s now May Jason, have Elite managed to fix your issues and how was your experience after posting here?

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      Ange – no further advanced. At time of posting even fair trading have been treated with contempt as no final response to them. We are now preparing facts to lodge through small claims tribunal.

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    Paul Rivett

    I too have had a disastrous series of very serious issues with our Elite Ballistic Armageddon built Nov 2015. Now company has new owners nobody wants to know, not even to offer assistance if I contribute.
    The problems with the van included brakes catching on fire and serious electrical faults! Could have killed someone. Does Elite not want to at least protect their brand?
    The van is currently not useable.

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      Paul what kind of electrical fault. Mine caught fire behind the fridge because of wires everywhere and one touching the gas glue burnt through to bare wiring A 1 cent cable tie could have prevented this

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    M & D { Perth WA }

    Wow am so sorry to hear of all the above huge disappointments had by the various people ,as I also had an off road special built and took delivery of it as of 30 March 2017 and todate have covered approx 46,000 kms through out WA and last year in some of the most beautiful and remote parts of the northwest.
    My point being Elite have been nothing but very obliging and usually got matters addressed within a few days of any issues that arose.
    I still have heaps of product initially sent in error to prove that all asked was carried out to our full satisfaction and to date can still contact initial people all be some have moved on,as have a number of personnel Mobile numbers
    Elite even arranged WA local trades people to fix any and all issues,which i hasten to add were very minor,but non the less fixed ASAP.
    We cant praise Elite enough for a great and solid off road van ,which cost well over $100,000 and would and will probable by are next one sometime this year.

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