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Chris Vedelago

Senior reporter for The Age

Victorian prisons offer inmates seafood and lollipops as prisons go smoke free

Chris Vedelago, Tammy Mills A special seafood and steak menu, as well as lollipops, will be offered in Victorian prisons in a bid to appease inmates antsy over a smoking ban that comes into effect on Wednesday.

Accused Mokbel money launderer Tom Karas hit with $64 million tax bill

Tom Karas has been linked to some of Melbourne's most notorious underworld figures.

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston Accused money launderer Tom Karas is facing bankruptcy after being slugged with a $64 million tax bill, which is believed to be one of the largest personal debts ever owed to the Australian Tax...

Drug trafficking arrests in schools double over five years


Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston Drug dealers are arrested in Victorian schoolyards once every fortnight as students become an increasingly lucrative market for ice and other dangerous street drugs.

Passenger restrained after threatening to open plane door

A man had to be restrained for six hours on an Etihad flight to Melbourne.

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago A group of passengers were forced to restrain an agitated man on an Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne, after he attacked an air hostess and allegedly threatened to open the rear door of the...

Money 'transfers' by hotel manager allegedly spent on escorts and holidays

The Queensland Government is taking further legal action against Linc Energy.

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston A senior manager at one of Melbourne's top hotels has pled guilty to 366 fraud charges after allegedly spending more than $673,000 of company money on prostitutes, holidays and a lavish birthday...

Coroner to investigate death of IT specialist Victoria Police officer issued with gun

Victoria Police Centre, Melbourne.

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago The death of a Victorian Police officer last week is the subject of a coronial investigation which is expected to examine how firearms are issued to members and their potential for misuse.

Inmate dies of suspected drug overdose at Port Phillip Prison

Port Phillip Prison, where an inmate has died of a suspected drug overdose.

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago A young inmate at Port Phillip Prison has died of a suspected drug overdose, fuelling concerns about the response by Corrections Victoria to the growing tide of contraband entering the state's...

Estate agent to plead to $2 million fraud

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston An eastern suburbs estate agent is planning to plead guilty to 76 criminal charges after being caught allegedly misappropriating nearly $2 million from homeowners and buyers.

Medical cannabis supplier charged with trafficking

Matt and Elizabeth Pallett with their dog Champ. Matt is the states largest provider of medical marijuana who was charged for trafficking. 27th May 2015. The Age Fairfaxmedia News Picture by JOE ARMAO

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago One of Victoria's largest suppliers of medical cannabis has been charged with serious trafficking offences, despite a push by federal and state governments to legalise the drug for those suffering...

Sex crimes register remains a secret despite repeat offenders

Workaround: Law enforcement sources have expressed disbelief at the ease with which Italian national Bruno Hajko was allowed to enter and stay in Australia on a 457 visa.

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston Nearly half of known sex predators who commit new sex crimes have already been caught earlier breaching the monitoring conditions of the sex offenders register.

Lottery winner Gary Baron denies he cheated syndicate of $16.6 million prize

Gary Baron says he won on his own lottery ticket, not with a syndicate's.

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago Courier turned multi-millionaire Gary Baron has broken his silence to publicly deny he cheated 14 former colleagues of a share in a $16.6 million lottery windfall.

Tatts Group to hand over winning lottery ticket details in $16.6 million cheat claim in Supreme Court

Gary Baron who won Tatts Lotto and failed to disclose the win to the rest of his syndicate.

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago The Supreme Court of Victoria has instructed Tatts Group to hand over details of a winning lottery ticket to a syndicate who claim they have been cheated of their share in a $16.

Powerball winner Gary Baron confronted by syndicate members

The group won a share in $50 million.

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago Former courier and multi-millionaire Gary Baron admitted that he was the mystery winner of a $16.6 million Powerball draw when confronted by angry members of a lottery syndicate on Sunday afternoon.

Tattslotto syndicate sues for missing millions

Missing millions: 14 syndicate members cry foul over Tattslotto payout.

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago A courier from Geelong has been accused of cheating 14 former colleagues out of a $16 million windfall from a Powerball draw last October.

Review launched into supervision of sex offenders

Chris Vedelago An independent review is being launched into Victoria's system for managing serious sexual offenders amid growing concerns it is failing to protect the public.

Church to block victims' court bids despite promise to abandon practice by Pell

Cardinal George Pell in October 2014.

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston The Catholic Church will continue to use a controversial legal defence to block victims of clerical abuse from seeking compensation, despite a promise to abandon the practice having been endorsed by...

Abuse and rape at hands of Catholic priest led to years of dysfunction and addiction

Ben Monagle

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago Ben Monagle was raped at a Catholic boarding college. After 20 years of suffering, he wants his story told.

Casino crime figures paint disturbing picture

Crown Casino in Melbourne.

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston Crown Casino complex is the scene of a crime every ten hours and a violent crime every third day despite being protected by a small army of private security guards and state-of-the-art surveillance.

Paragon Café fire in North Carlton

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Anna Whitelaw and Chris Vedelago A fire has ripped through Paragon Café in Carlton.

How operation to thwart alleged Mother's Day terror attack unfolded

Police raid on a property in Greenvale. 8 May 2015. The Age News. Photo by Eddie Jim.

Chris Vedelago The dramatic security operation that foiled a teenage boy's alleged plan to stage a bombing on Mother's Day began with a tip-off.