Record of the Month: December 2013
Record of the Month: December 2013 is associated with Archerfield Queensland located at these coordinates -27.5670744, 153.0150632
| A deal, seemingly too good to be true, usually is…
In 1932 seven eager individuals were swindled into investing their money and goodwill into the ‘Texas Tobacco Plantations Propriety Limited’ Scam.
No one would have suspected esteemed Army Captain Charles Anthony Brough and his well-to-do pals, Frederick Joseph Field and Richard William Musson of being fraudsters and so the well orchestrated ploy to relieve excited potential Tobacco Farmers of their hard earned cash was well advertised in the Argus and actively promoted by unaware business and estate agent, John Jessop.
The accused claimed that they were representing the Texas Tobacco Plantations directly in relation to land situated in Texas and Archerfield Queensland. They offered investment and farming opportunities on both farms, going so far as to provide ‘Samples’ of Tobacco, Photographs of the plantation, bogus farm maps and a promise of rations, lodging and training once the farm was up and running.
Each man was to pay a 100 pound2,200 £approx2009
|VPRS 30/P0 Unit 2507 Item 153|
|VA667Office of the Victorian Government Solicitor (previously known as the Office of the Crown Solicitor)|
|Record Type:||criminal trial brief|
|tobacco, texas, archerfield, queensland, criminal trial brief|
The men, confused and angry, demanded their money back. This was refused. Instead a pay off of 50 pounds1,100 £approx2009
12,000 pence was suggested to be given in installments. The men agreed as they were all broke. Some of the men received their 50 pounds over a matter of weeks, but not all.
The situation went to Court and after a lengthy trial involving many witnesses and a plethora of evidence the three men were sentenced to three years imprisonment for ‘Conspiracy to defraud’.
Frederick Field and Richard Musson were released on good behaviour 2 years later, but sadly Captain Charles Brough passed away 6 months into his sentence at the age of 43. It is claimed he died ‘peacefully of natural causes’.