News

Missing out on 'lucrative contract' over fraud charge

Derek Rucker leaves the Gladstone Courthouse. Photo Ross Irby / The Observer
Derek Rucker leaves the Gladstone Courthouse. Photo Ross Irby / The Observer Ross Irby

ACCUSED of committing a $20,000 fraud against the Gladstone Amateur Basketball Association, former NBL player Derek Rucker will contest the charges.

Rucker, who turned 50 this month, was charged this year with dishonestly gaining a financial benefit from his employer between July 28 and November 19, 2015; and committing fraud (dishonestly obtaining property) between September 6 and October 1.

When his case was mentioned before Gladstone Magistrates Court late yesterday, Rucker's lawyer Robert Burns told magistrate Melanie Ho the player instructs he would contest the charges.

Mr Burns said the police brief (outlining the prosecution case) had not yet been received which was needed so he could take instructions from Rucker.

"The difficulty for him because of his reasonably high profile in basketball he has had to forgo quite a lucrative contract (as a result of the charges)," Mr Burns said.

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said two witness statements from the basketball association critical to the case have still to be completed and police needed a month.

Ms Ho said Rucker would not get a trial date this year. She adjourned his matters for mention.

Rucker is a former Port City Power Basketball chairman/operations manager, men's head coach and Brisbane Bullets player.

Topics:  court gladstone gladstonecourt gladstonemagistratescourt gladstone region


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

NORPA set to launch 2018 season

FUN: The NORPA launch has become a highlight of the Lismore social calendar every year.

Have you sent your RSVP to the free event?

Ready to master the Lismore games for 2017

Training hard for the mini olympics are Nathan Dee and Mitch Low in the 2017 Lismore Masters Cup.

Numbers are up for the games

Sun shines on rainbow flag over council chambers

Celebrating the rainbow flag raised over Lismore City Council chambers.

It was an action 50 years in the making

Local Partners