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Two tales, one truth: The locksmith vs the lawyer in a $75,000 mystery

Two tales, one truth: The locksmith vs the lawyer in a $75,000 mystery

In one version of events, the humble locksmith living in a modest home is a man with hidden Machiavellian skill. The other version is very different.

  • by Sarah Danckert

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Lawyer brokered deal that left client on the hook: court
Tax avoidance

Lawyer brokered deal that left client on the hook: court

Prominent corporate lawyer Jonathan Kenny also rejected allegations he had never been engaged to act as a lawyer for locksmith Tim Batchelor.

  • by Sarah Danckert
Ex-Soviets, Ferraris and George Brandis: the car deal that stalled
Tax avoidance

Ex-Soviets, Ferraris and George Brandis: the car deal that stalled

An alleged fraudster and his colleague had plans to import luxury sports cars cheaply from Ukrainian car dealers. But the signature didn't ring true.

  • by Sarah Danckert
Forgetful lawyer accused of lying under oath

Forgetful lawyer accused of lying under oath

A lawyer has been accused of lying under oath and asked if she had a medical condition because her memory was so bad.

  • by Sarah Danckert
Alleged scam accountant Whiteman wanted a 'favourable' liquidator

Alleged scam accountant Whiteman wanted a 'favourable' liquidator

Liquidator Glenn Crisp made headlines in 2015 when he claimed he lost his job due to compromising photos of him by sex industry stalwart Maxine Fensom.

  • by Sarah Danckert
Matagarup bridge builder York Civil halts operations and sheds staff
Insolvency

Matagarup bridge builder York Civil halts operations and sheds staff

Almost 200 York Civil employees, including 18 from WA, were told their employer had ceased operations on Monday morning.

  • by Hamish Hastie
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Illegal phoenix activity costing economy up to $5.13b a year
Whistleblower

Illegal phoenix activity costing economy up to $5.13b a year

Whistleblowers will be given a hotline to report companies liquidating and creating “phoenix” entities to avoid paying debts.

  • by Jennifer Duke
Criniti's owner banned from managing companies for five years
Insolvency

Criniti's owner banned from managing companies for five years

Seven failed companies run by restaurateur Frank Anthony Criniti owe creditors $3.5 million.

  • by Rachel Clun
Guitars gently weep as Gibson seeks bankruptcy protection

Guitars gently weep as Gibson seeks bankruptcy protection

The maker of the Gibson guitar, loved by musicians such as Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, David Bowie and Slash, has been wrestling for years with debt.