The fugitive brother and player manager of Socceroos star Garang Kuol has been arrested just weeks after he hit social media to taunt police.
Kuol Mawien Kuol had been on the run since July 22 last year after he failed to show in court and skipped bail on charges of ripping off elderly Australians in an alleged bank scam.
Detectives from Victoria Police’s Gang Crime Squad arrested Kuol in the Melbourne suburb of West Footscray on Thursday as part of an investigation into fraud and drug matters.
Kuol Mawien Kuol, pictured in Sudan with an AK-47, was arrested by Victoria Police’s Gang Crime Squad on Thursday
Kuol Mawien Kuol (right) is an alleged fraudster who professes to manage his successful Socceroos star brother Garang (left)
Kuol Mawien Kuol (right) and soccer star Alou Kuol are pictured on Sydney’s Darling Harbour. Kuol Mawien Kuol was wanted in Victoria on allegations of fraud
Footage obtained by Daily Mail Australia shows detectives – one holding what appears to be a battering ram – leading Kuol away in handcuffs.
The 25-year-old was arrested at a residential property just after 7.40am in relation to seven outstanding warrants.
He is scheduled to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Thursday afternoon.
His arrest comes months after Daily Mail Australia revealed Kuol fled Victoria to New South Wales where he was managing his little brother.
The net closed in on Kuol just weeks ago after the rogue player agent hit social media to taunt a Victoria Police detective tasked with bringing him in.
The former bank employee had previously fronted court accused of stealing more than $121,000 from customers of the National Australia Bank, where he was employed in country Victoria.
The Shepparton News reported the majority of the customers affected by Kuol’s alleged thefts were elderly and included a 95-year-old and 76-year-old.
In a slap in the face to his alleged victims, Kuol, who goes by the Twitter handle @kuoloneking, took to the platform to accuse a detective of stealing $120,000 from him.
That detective was among the officers who took Kuol into custody on Thursday.
Kuol had become increasingly brazen in recent weeks, posting a video to social media of himself boxing at a local gym.
In December, he appeared on social media with his other famous brother Alou Kuol during a fancy party aboard a yacht on Sydney’s Darling Harbour.
The pair featured on Alou’s Instagram page, showing them enjoying a pleasant sunset on the water.
Kuol was seen sporting a large gold-coloured watch, with a gold-trimmed throne pictured just behind him.
A mugshot of Kuol Mawien Kuol was distributed to media outlets across the country
Kuol Mawien Kuol (left) is pictured with his brother Garang (right) who is currently playing for Scottish side Hearts after originally joining Newcastle United
Kuol Mawien Kuol claimed police robbed him of $120,000 – nearly the same amount he is accused of stealing from bank customers
Kuol Mawien Kuol mocked police over Twitter before deleting the post and his entire profile
Kuol professes to manage the ‘football affairs’ of both Garang and Alou, who last year signed a five-year contract with German side VfB Stuttgart.
Garang became instantly famous across the globe in December when he almost became a Socceroos hero when he narrowly missed scoring against Argentina at the World Cup.
Koul claims he helped broker a $500,000 Premier League deal for Garang while still on the run from Australian authorities.
Just days after making his international debut for the Socceroos, Garang secured a lucrative transfer to Newcastle United.
Last month he scored his first goal for Hearts.
He travelled to Italy this week for a summer training camp in an early start to his bid to catch Newcastle manager Eddie Howe‘s eye.
The 18-year-old was among the players who headed out to Verona for a week of gruelling, warm weather pre pre-season training to ensure they are already up to speed when they link up with the rest of their teammates ahead of the new term.
Kuol was joined in Verona by the likes of teenage Leicester forward Amani Richards, who potentially has a big year ahead after enhancing his claims for promotion up the Foxes ranks by winning their academy player of the year award last season, and Stoke prospect Soulemayne Sidibe, son of former Potters striker Mamady.
Daily Mail Australia revealed in December that Kuol had travelled to Sydney from Melbourne, where he quickly ran into trouble.
He was arrested in Sydney two days after going on the run following troublesome behaviour at a casino.
Police sources have confirmed the Footscray man, from Melbourne’s west, appeared at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on July 28 where he was found guilty of four charges, including resisting arrest and handling stolen goods.
In a bungle, Kuol was released in NSW and had not been seen by authorities until Thursday.
Kuol had been released back into the community in Victoria over the fraud charges on a $20,000 surety despite police objections.
Garang Kuol is currently training in Italy in preparation for the Premier League season
Garang Kuol narrowly missed scoring a goal that would have drawn the Socceroos level against Argentina in last year’s World Cup (pictured)
Alou Kuol now plays for German side VfB Stuttgart
He had faced Shepparton Magistrates’ Court in June last year after police charged him with eight bail offences and applied to revoke his bail.
Police Gang Crime Squad’s Echo Taskforce Detective Senior Constable Daniel Chapman told the court Kuol was on bail with a $20,000 surety when he allegedly got another man to sign in for him at the police station on seven occasions.
Kuol also allegedly tried to sell 13 grams of cocaine to an undercover cop and used counterfeit notes to buy a PlayStation 5 from a Melbourne man who advertised online.
The alleged fraudster was also accused of using the driver’s licence of his soccer star brother Alou Kuol when pulled over by police while he was unlicensed himself.
It is not suggested Alou permitted any alleged use of his licence by Kuol.
Police further allege Kuol used another person’s credit card to buy return plane tickets to the United States.
Magistrate David Faram granted Kuol bail despite his history of failing to obey court orders.
Mr Faram also varied Kuol’s bail conditions from daily reporting to just three days a week – a requirement he quickly ignored.
More to come.