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Brooks says he has 'nothing to hide'

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November 13, 2017

Neil Brooks says he wanted to come back to Australia to face allegations of a $1.95 million fraud.

Olympic swimmer Neil Brooks and his wife have faced court over an alleged $1.95 million fraud but the Mean Machine member says he's got "nothing to hide".

The 1980 medley relay gold medallist appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday after being charged with one count of fraud and was bailed on conditions including that he reside at a Hong Kong address.

Court documents allege Brooks "dishonestly induced" Glenn Melcheck to deliver $1.95 million to Alfords Operations Pty Ltd in February 26, 2008, at Southport.

Outside court, the former swimmer and sports commentator said it had been a tough decade but he was looking forward to facing his accusers.

He denied ever being "on the run" and said he didn't know why a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

"When I heard what was going on, I made contact with (authorities) to say 'look, I've got nothing to hide'," he told reporters waiting outside the watchhouse.

"I wanted to come back."

Brooks was arrested on Monday morning when he flew into Brisbane International Airport and surrendered to detectives from the Financial and Cyber Crime Group.

His matter will return to court on December 11.

His wife Linda Brooks also faced court on Monday morning on a similar fraud charge, but will be required to come back on Tuesday,

Magistrate Suzette Coates said she needed more information before signing off on seemingly "magical" bail conditions that would permit Mrs Brooks to retain her passport and live in Bali.

"I'd need a bit more information than 'she'll be right mate'," she said.

Mrs Brooks, who was also a director of the company, was arrested and charged with fraud after flying into Perth International Airport on October 13.

Brooks is best known for winning gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics as part of the 4x100m medley relay team and was also a sports presenter on the Seven Network.

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