Ben Butler

Ben Butler


Padbury 'funder' Roland Bleyer tells of big-shot deals and kidnapping

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Ben Butler and Amanda Saunders Roland Bleyer tells of Greek offer, London kidnapping and beating drug-related charges.

Geoffrey Edelsten linked sports car up for sale


Ben Butler A mystery $550,000 sports car linked to disgraced former doctor Geoffrey Edelsten is up for sale as the medical entrepreneur battles his former US business partners and wife Brynne.


Sonray director jailed for cheating on the books

Russell Johnson

Ben Butler Russell Johnson, the director of failed broker Sonray, has been sentenced to 6 and a half years' jail for defrauding clients of millions of dollars and stealing money from the company before its...


Wig off Padbury's $6b man


Amanda Saunders, Peter Ker and Ben Butler Former hair regrowth king Roland Bleyer (aka Husner) is emerging as a key player in the mysterious $6.4 billion funding deal for iron ore tiddler Padbury Mining.

Court approves $40m One.Tel settlement

Murdoch Packer

Ben Butler Lachlan Murdoch and James Packer have agreed to pay $40 million to settle a long-running stoush over the failure of era telco One.Tel in 2001.


Sonray director Russell Johnson jailed for fraud, theft offences

Russell Johnson

Ben Butler Sonray director Russell Johnson has been sentenced to six and a half years for fraud and theft offences over the broker's collapse in June 2010 that left 3500 clients $46.7 million out of pocket.


Broker blunder over McAleese float


Ben Butler Brokers who spruiked the dud float of McAleese Group were paid more than $5 million to underwrite the offering, according to the company’s prospectus.


Doctor accused of hiding $15m worth of shares

Entrepreneur Dr Andrew Walker

Ben Butler Medical entrepreneur Andrew Walker has been accused of defrauding creditors by hiding $15 million worth of shares in tax haven the British Virgin Islands.


Geoffrey Edelsten 'shell game' blasted by US bankruptcy judge

Dr. Geoffrey Edelsten

Ben Butler US judge slams Geoffrey Edelsten for using a 'shell game' to gain advantage against opponents.


Tech high flyer faces 35 fraud charges

Generic scales of justice

Ben Butler Entrepreneur Peter Mavridis faces 10 years in jail after being charged with defrauding NAB.


Car repairers fear jobs crash


Ben Butler Thousands of jobs could be at risk from an aggressive push into automotive spare parts mounted by insurer Suncorp and a controversial US company, the crash repair industry warns.

Packer and Murdoch close to One.Tel deal

James Packer

Ben Butler, Adele Ferguson James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch could settle a long-running dispute over conduct.


James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch close to One.Tel settlement

James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch in 2012

Ben Butler, Adele Ferguson James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch could settle a long-running dispute over their conduct as directors of dotcom bomb One.Tel as early as next week.


No new deals on Timbercorp debts

Timbercorp Almonds

Ben Butler Investors in failed forestry company Timbercorp may face bankruptcy if they fail to pay back loans they took out to buy stakes in the company's timber growing schemes.


Potato boss Paul Rennie 'can't recall' overseas transactions, Federal Court hears

Paul Rennie

Ben Butler Potato king Paul Rennie has told a court he is unable to explain why he sent millions of dollars to tax havens in transactions revealed by a Project Wickenby investigation.


South Africans lob bid for David Jones

Ian Moir

Eli Greenblat, Ben Butler, Max Mason The nation's $5 billion department store sector is primed for the biggest shake-up in its post-war history after South Africa's Woolworths Holdings shocked investors with an all-cash bid for David...

Litigation funding

$10m for equine flu court battle goes missing

Ben Butler More than $10 million invested in litigation funder Centaur Litigation has gone missing.


Peter Foster a puppeteer in slimming scam, says judge

Ben Butler Court hears conman Peter Foster was the 'puppeteer' behind slimming scam SensaSlim.


Conman Peter Foster 'puppeteer' behind SensaSlim scam, judge says

Peter Foster

Ben Butler On-the-run conman Peter Foster was the ''puppeteer'' behind slimming scam SensaSlim, the Federal Court has found.


Dirty deals kill plans for $100 million tropical island resort

Ben Butler John Trimble says fraud by partners put paid to the couple's hopes of building a $100m resort.