Report reveals insolvencies linked to scam syndicate

Searches of insolvent companies referred to in Pitcher Partners‘ report on the A & S Services Australia Group (ASSAG) have identified at least one insolvency practice whose principals are now assisting regulators probing a multi-million dollar tax evasion scheme allegedly masterminded by former bankrupt Philip Whiteman. Pitcher’s partner and report author Andrew Yeo, who interviewed various individuals connected to ASSAG, said in the report that ASSAG group…

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Trustee barred from using conflicted lawyer

It’s not often that a judge tells a bankruptcy trustee to hire a different lawyer. However in the case of Leroy versus Mogilevsky, Hall Chadwick partner Paul Leroy has suffered just such a fate. Last week Federal Circuit Judge Michael Jarrett ordered that Leroy be restrained from retaining Gold Coast lawyer Jeremy Worcester of Worcester & Co as his legal representation in the matter. The…

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“Ambitious” preference pursuit derailed by judge

Liquidators can on occasion err in pursuit of a preference but incorrectly defining insolvency and testifying as one’s own expert witness? The cake has well and truly been taken. Or at least it has if you accept the conclusions of the Federal Court’s Justice Jim Edelman In the matter of FPJ Group Pty Ltd (In Liquidation). His honour’s judgement deals with a $153,554.00 claim for…

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