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Serial shonk Matthew Rixon extradited to Newcastle to face new charges

Banned builder Matthew Rixon has been charged with six new offences.
Banned builder Matthew Rixon has been charged with six new offences.

SERIAL shonk Matthew Geoffrey Rixon is facing new charges and court dates after his extradition to Newcastle.

The convicted conman – who was permanently banned from building in NSW after leaving a conga line of angry customers across the state – was refused bail after being charged with six counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception on Friday.

Rixon, 33, was taken into custody on the Gold Coast after the NSW Supreme Court issued a warrant for his arrest for twice failing to appear in court on a contempt of court charge. 

Rixon’s location was made known to authorities after a Fair Trading NSW alert on February 2 warned customers not to deal with the convicted conman.

“This warning prompted someone to come forward with vital information which allowed Queensland Police, with the help of the Queensland Office of Fair Trading, to find and arrest Rixon,” NSW Minister for Better Regulation Matthew Kean said.

Matthew Rixon leaves Newcastle court house after a previous apperence.

Matthew Rixon leaves Newcastle court house after a previous apperence.

Rixon, who has often targeted elderly and vulnerable victims, was arrested at an office at Bundall and fronted at Southport Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

He was refused bail and extradited to Newcastle where he will appear at Newcastle Local Court on March 1 to face the six new charges. 

He will also appear at the NSW Supreme Court the next day.

Rixon has been the target of numerous investigations and court actions by Fair Trading NSW.

He has been subject to a Supreme Court injunction banning him from working as a builder and was given a suspended jail sentence for contempt in 2014 when he breached that.

Previous court appearances have heard Rixon traded under a number of companies and names including “Andrew Gough”, “Matt Geoffrey”, “Matthew Ewing”, “Patrick James Harding” and “Patrick Harding”.

He has victims in the Hunter, southern Sydney, Brisbane, the Illawarra and the ACT.

In 2014, he was declared bankrupt with a court hearing he had debts of $400,000.

He had previously pleaded guilty to contempt of court charges for defying court orders banning him from doing residential building work in NSW.

Rixon was banned from conducting or being engaged in any residential building work or specialist work in April 2013.