19th May 2017

$165 million tax fraud is Australia’s largest ever white collar crime

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$165 million tax fraud is Australia’s largest ever white collar crime
Leon Della Bosca

The man responsible for investigating tax fraud is now at the centre of a $165 million Australian Tax Office (ATO) fraud investigation.

The $165 million rort is believed to be Australia’s largest ever white collar crime.

ATO Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston is just one of the subjects of an investigation of the alleged tax fraud, along with his son Adam, his daughter Lauren and at least eight other people.

Although the Australian Federal Police (AFP) does not believe Michael Cranston knew about his son’s activities, it is likely he’ll still be charged with abusing his position as a public officer.



Nine people were arrested following an eight-month long investigation codenamed Operation Elbrus. After 27 raids on homes and businesses across Sydney on Wednesday, Mr Cranston’s son was arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud the Commonwealth.

Among those also charged were veteran reporter Steve Barret, Daniel Rostankovski, jailed NSW Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid and Mr Obeid’s former lawyer Sevag Chalabian.

Mr Barret and Mr Chalabian have been accused of blackmailing the syndicate.

The conspirators ran a legitimate payroll firm Plutus Payroll, accepting money from clients and processing payroll on their behalf. This money was the funnelled to subcontracted ‘tier-two’ companies that made the payroll payments. These tier-two companies were ‘fronts’ that were headed by people such as unemployed tradies, business owners and a now-missing woman from Gerroa, New South Wales.

Although the initial activity was legal, the tier-two companies failed to honour their Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) commitments to the ATO. This set alarm bells ringing.

Police say the group spent these diverted taxpayer funds on a lavish lifestyle. So far, officers have seized 25 motor vehicles, $15 million in bank accounts, 18 residential properties, two aircraft, $1 million in a safe deposit box and much more.

Acting Commissioner of Taxation, Andrew Mills, is confident that the ATO’s systems have not been compromised.

"The information that I have to date shows no compromise of the operation of our administration. Our systems, controls and procedures worked effectively," said Mr Mills.

"We have been able to successfully isolate and protect the investigation, working well with the AFP over many months to build a picture of what has been happening."

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the alleged fraud was a regrettable criminal activity.

"I'm not suggesting that this alleged conspiracy is anything other than a very regrettable criminal activity, the fact that there has been a person in the ATO that has been associated or involved," said Mr Turnbull.

"But the important point is that the system has worked.

"The conspiracy has been uncovered and the people who are alleged to be involved in it are being brought to justice."

"No matter how high they may be in a government department ... they are being watched," he said.

According to Acting AFP Deputy Operations Commissioner, Leanne Close, the evidence found so far only goes back to 2016, so it’s possible that more information will come to light.

Read more at The Australian

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nicestman77
19th May 2017
10:07am
I will tell you how it happened, no one is watching the shopkeeper.
johninmelb
19th May 2017
11:19am
If no-one is watching, how did he get caught up in this?

Try using a bit of common sense.
Play Fairly
19th May 2017
12:06pm
I agree nicestman77. I think we need a BIG NEW BROOM to make a clean sweep of the whole disastrous coalition regime.
TREBOR
19th May 2017
1:35pm
It's not just the coalition regime - it's the entire supremacist attitude of government at the highest levels... according to them they're all better than the rest and have an absolute divine right to rule....
Patriot
19th May 2017
2:28pm
TREBOR
CRIMINALS - That's what they are - excepting just a few!!!
Roby
19th May 2017
2:39pm
Hey Play Fairly when was Eddie Obeid in the coalition.
He is a labor crook from my memory as most of them are?
Old Man
19th May 2017
3:19pm
Wow, a public servant is arrested and suddenly it's the fault of a politician? Politicians of all persuasions come and go but the public service remains constant. The AFP is driving this, not the relevant minister.
Play Fairly
19th May 2017
5:04pm
Old Man, the government in power holds the ultimate responsibility to ensure sound administration and operation of all procedures within all Commonwealth Public Service Departments.

It is obvious we now need a major review of current legislation enforced by at least 2 government departments. The first being Centrelink legislation applicable to seriously ill people dealing with major health issues such as cancer, MS, and other debilitating conditions which affect people. All of these people are placed on Newstart Allowance and denied a DSP. There is no such thing as a Sickness Benefit to help people keep a roof over their head and food on the table whilst they are fighting to survive a bit longer. HORRIBLE PUNITIVE LEGISLATION. Now it seems the ATO also needs some administrative review to close some obvious loopholes.



The ATO probably
inextratime
19th May 2017
10:18am
Well what an interesting observation. Simple as that. Sherlock Holmes a his best.
HKW
19th May 2017
10:50am
Wow!
What else will this corporation come up with ?!
In fact, it is an illegal corporation and that's why this is happening.
Ahjay
19th May 2017
10:53am
Never mind, us pensioners will just have to tighten belts another notch to pay for it.
Play Fairly
19th May 2017
11:48am
No, it may not be pensioners this time.....perhaps they will reduce the unemployed Newstart Allowance again....those unemployed kids are costing the government way too much money.....they sit at home and watch TV most days. Time for a Reality check by this government. There are VERY FEW JOBS, and the kids are at home watching TV because there is not a great deal else they can afford to do on Newstart once they have submitted their resumes.
Old Geezer
19th May 2017
3:25pm
Anyone under 22 is on Youth Allowance not Newstart. If their parents earn more than about $50,000 most are not eligible for youth allowance. So we have a whole lot of parents working now to pay for these unemployed kids staying home watching youtube videos (TV is so yesterday) instead of the government.
Wstaton
19th May 2017
4:19pm
When one reaches 18 then I do not consider them as kids or youths. They can vote (an adult) they can fight for their country (an adult) and a myriad of other things. They can also say to their parents "get Stuffed" it is my life.

How come parents are responsible for them suddenly when they are free to do anything under the law (including voting to kick a government out)

$50,000 is not a lot to live on these days especially if parents have other responsibilities (Like under age kids)

Get real people.
TREBOR
19th May 2017
7:24pm
$50,000 - what a joke when they were happy to pay fat cat chicks on $150k for six months to go home and sprog.

Just letting the peasants eat cake, since it's their own fault for not ensuring their children were born into a time of easy employment... (bloody irresponsible peasants - why don't they get a good job and buy up a heap of homes?)
marls
19th May 2017
7:44pm
Old geezer
Not only that but theses young ppl cannot register as unemployed so the true figures are fake and u/e is Sky high on top of that if your child decides to better themselves and go to uni the parents have to support them until they turn 25 been there with my son
Frank
19th May 2017
10:54am
This government is cracking down on crime both from the big end of town and the small end.
Like Treasurer Morrison said..."If you're doing the wrong thing we will find you."
Ted Wards
19th May 2017
11:08am
Who catches the treasurer's hands in the cookie jar? Need we remind ourselves of all the politician wroughts? The treasurer must know about them!
Frank
19th May 2017
11:45am
There was an ex Labor minister involved.
Frank
19th May 2017
11:50am
Oh and just to be fair, I forgot to mention the middle end of town.
TREBOR
19th May 2017
1:37pm
He did say politician rorts, Frank - no finger at a party... like all such things, it crosses party lines - money speaks all languages.

Nice to see Obeid coming up again... maybe he'll spend his last day in prison. Should've abeid his conscience....
Oars
19th May 2017
11:00am
Well,well,well- next you will tell me the Police force is whistle clean ????!!!
With heritage of Irish thugs and anti-establishment culture, why am I not surprised. Who will they catch next ? Not their maaates.
etty44
24th May 2017
12:55am
Ïrish thugs"...keep your rude uneducated racist comments to yourself, and deal with the issue being discussed.
Frank
24th May 2017
9:05am
Yes Oars, some of those 200 year old Irish thugs may become offended and you know we have laws to allow those offended to have the last laugh.
floss
19th May 2017
11:06am
The big end of town cheating never the do it legally with the blessing of the Liberal Party.
Oars
19th May 2017
11:29am
So floss, do you believe that Labor Party has nobody in the "Big End of Town". Try, "Nifty", "Goggles" Carr, and the latest dag ( shortr runt with glasses- who purchased the Wangi Power station and waterfront sites for a million. You know the one that was on the news last year- I forgot his name but the face is hard to forget. His son sold IP without licences to the Middle East. Are they from the little-end of town- or what ? Pleeeeeease--- I thought we have moved on from these old labels from the '60's of "werkers" and "toffs". Apparently not.
TREBOR
19th May 2017
1:39pm
I didn't hear about the Wangi power station.... what a windfall - a million bucks for that site? Historical footnote - my father took long service leave from the Fire Brigade and went to work there to earn some extra money... and good money it was, too... paid twice for going to work once... well done.
Roby
19th May 2017
2:46pm
Floss it appears you have forgotten about one of your left wing mates Eddie Obead and also some redhead Prime Minister who is now in charge of the Victorian depression Commission and just rigged a raffle to win herself the equivalent of $5000. Seems a leopard never loses its spots.
Play Fairly
19th May 2017
11:32am
Now look, there's nothing to worry about.....Messrs. Morrison & Turnbull have assured us that "this just shows that the system is working"........now if you believe that you probably believe in the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.
Chris B T
19th May 2017
11:33am
I do not belive any of the ATO systems where working as an outside source brought this fraudulent system to be noticed, after a period of time.
Then through only Blackmail Activity.
To say you have no knowledge of what was going on is in its' self unbeliveable when you take in consideration all the seized assets involed.
I make a slight error filling out my TAX Return especially in my favor of few dollars I get a please explain and this is warning not to let it happen again.
I hope ATO digs deep until they reach the Core. {;-)
Aussie
19th May 2017
11:50am
Corruption in Australia ...No way he he he ... Beautiful country except is very corrupted even more now that we have uncontrolled immigration.... Look at Melbourne read about the drugs in AU ...we are at the top of the list of drug users countries ... look at our young people the future of AU and of course Centrelink illegal recipients and more ....are you surprise???? I am not at all

These is just part of our day to day culture I m not surprise ...lets keep digging and look at police, the judiciary system the Judges the Lawyers etc etc .... Is part of the AU culture that has been heritage from the English Irish and other nationalities over the years......

Cranston and his family just got to confident..... We have enormous white colour crime in AU but because is the high end of the society nothing happens.... they help each other and we never know....
TREBOR
19th May 2017
1:43pm
Absolutely right - for a very long time I've been calling for a Royal Commission into the judiciary and their jurisprudence.... funny how they can slam Jo Bloggs on the word of a police officer (after all those Royal Commissions, too), yet Harry Flieghenhy (just pronouce the name - flyen' high) the stockbroker millionaire is a sacred cow.... and even a serial killer needs proof for conviction...
Aussie
19th May 2017
2:27pm
Trebor ....mate we are stuffed ...nothing we can do this is now part of the Australian values and people will have to respect as the PM is saying in the new immigrations policy to embrace the Australian values well this are now part of our Australian values .......

We are talking here about a person that has to be 100% totally trusted and looking after our dollars but hey hey .... he has listen to the PM and adopted the new Australian values .....

We are totally FFFFFF forget about the Checks and Balances and who watch the watchers as Mutley is saying ... nobody is doing anything unless there is money running around their pockets then yes they may do something ...

Au is very very corrupted at the moment and out of control ...Totally ....
Wstaton
19th May 2017
2:40pm
Most people doing this think they are smart and they won't be caught. I don't think so! For one thing you do not flaunt your ill gotten gains. That is a red flag for authorities to start investigating.
Mutley
19th May 2017
12:02pm
Where are the CHECKS & BALANCES ????????? Who watches the watcher???
MICK
19th May 2017
12:02pm
A lot of H2O to go under this bridge yet. Let's wait and see what the drip feed media releases for us to judge.
Frank
19th May 2017
12:10pm
The reports I have read so far describe these people as intelligent and one report went a little further to describe Michael Cranston as one of the ATO's top thinkers. It simply does not make sense that a very large payroll offers up such a piddly amount of PAYG tax. Wouldn't matter how many straw man companies were either owned by the parent or arms length. A sweet spot they say with individual values so low the ATO would not pursue the matter? Unless of course....? I'm not buying any of this, least of all the level of their intellect.
TREBOR
19th May 2017
1:45pm
Arghh - another deep thinker in Cambra - Heart Of the Nation...

Well said, Frank, you cover that well.... no smoke without fire and I wonder how many ATO people copped a benefit as well....

**rubs hands in anticipation**
Wstaton
19th May 2017
2:45pm
There is one misnomer, Being intelligent does not necessarily mean you are not stupid.

Also being a thinker does also not mean you are not stupid. Many thinkers feel they are smart. How his thought of as a great thinker if he couldn't think what he did would come to bite him.
TREBOR
19th May 2017
7:27pm
Absolutely Wstaton - nobody would consider those graduates from Sydney U - Abbott and his mate Hockey - to be low in intelligence per se - they are intelligent enough, just plain stupid.

Stoopid is as stoopid does as they say down in green Bow...
Sundays
19th May 2017
12:33pm
The first thing that went wrong was Government Departments using outsourced payroll company clearly without due diligence taking place. When payroll is carried out in house it is regularly audited. Why wasn't this company audited and then the fraud would have been picked up. As to the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation not being involved, how did he think his son and daughter were making millions. I think the police have done a great job, but I'm sure there is more to be uncovered
TREBOR
19th May 2017
2:09pm
Yeeeusssh - but isn't the idea that 'private enterprise' is so much more efficient? Personally I totally fail to see the benefit of out-sourcing your payroll - how hard can it be?

Now is the time for the cry throughout the land to upgrade penalties for white collar crime...
Wstaton
19th May 2017
2:51pm
I guess once again it is governments doing things without thinking. Maybe they should have queried Michael Cranston before they outsource anything. Just look at the trouble we are in because of all the outsourcing. Just waiting to see what happens in NSW when the outsourcing of public documents happen. (e.g. land registry)

Appart from this what about all the selloffs of public assets that has come back to bite our ar**s. With gas, energy, ports, a bank etc.
Rosret
19th May 2017
12:38pm
Lets hope all those houses have turned a profit and the Australian Government may actually make some money from these young thieves.
George
19th May 2017
12:42pm
There were 2 important rorts reported in the media yesterday. This was one - much more detail is there in the Sydney Morning Herald articles. However, none of the articles are able to clearly explain how this happened, or if it is a tax system loophole, presumably many more payroll companies may be doing the same thing???

It is unbelievable that so much of Assets were accumulated before the Police & ATO got into it? Don't they have a tax Robo Debt Recovery system to promptly identify any discrepancies in tax receipts immediately??? Or, are such systems only meant for Centrelink to catch the small crooks???

The other shocking news yesterday - Adani is being handed over our Australian coal to the value of $320 Million FREE, i.e. by giving them a Royalty tax holiday - with both the Qld Premier & the Federal Treasurer justifying it as OK - to help the invest here!!!! The Arabs are so much smarter than our politicians!!!

NOTE: Both Liberal & Labor Govts have allowed this situation.
Paulodapotter
19th May 2017
1:43pm
Agreed George,
Especially in the case of Adani, the worst scourge of the environment since Jo Bjelke Petersen. Why anyone would give them a break can only be explained by corruption. People are getting kickbacks. That's the way Adani does business.
TREBOR
19th May 2017
1:57pm
I wonder how many politicians/public servants involved will somehow fall into a titular job with no work with Adani, that pays $10m a year into a tax haven account so they don't have to declare it on their interests, while still holding down their jobs here?

The do do things diff'runtly in Queenslund, you know... you mark my words...
Wstaton
19th May 2017
3:06pm
Sounds like all the royalty offsets given to the LNG giants that is slowly starting to cripple small business, and use paying skyrocketing prices.

We will never learn if a company decides to do bushiness here they do because they perceive they will make a profit. It's not as if LNG is not in demand overseas. Who was the nut who decided that they could peg our local gas prices to the world price.

So what if we did make them pay upfront for royalties and profits. I would be bettter to have only half the exports giving us what they should which would be a damn sight more than we are getting now.

As for the latest, hey government this money belongs to the people not for you to just give away our resources. We may as well let these people come in and take our country and rape us. As these governments seem to be doing the job for them.

First a railway ($1.3b) then a royalty free period ($320m) what more are we going to through at them. Then they will leave after scavenging our country and reducing tourism in Queensland to nil after wrecking the coastline and making the great barrier reef disappear.

Who are these people who supposed to be running the country for OUR benefit.

We must be becoming the laughing stock of the world.
Couldabeen
19th May 2017
4:19pm
I wouldn't be too sure about the "royalty free" period for the Adani mine. This appears to be an ABC beat up. It would be normal business practice, especially from a company based in that particular sub-continent, to try and negotiate the best possible deal in a high cost investment. The ABC have been working hard almost from day one to sabotage the Adani project. There was never any suggestion that the railway would be provided for free.
I'm not sure what you have been drinking, but the GBR and the Queensland coast line are quite safe from significant damage from the life of that mine. Stop reading the rubbish from Greenpeace and read some balanced objective assessments.
Wstaton
19th May 2017
6:04pm
Funny most of the info is coming from others sources not just from the ABC.

All the pointers have been from recognized professionals. Much the same as most of the scientists in the world say that there is global warming and we are at risk. Maybe you have been listening to Donald Trump (and we all know that he is a knowledgeable expert on climate change). Or maybe Pauline Hanson who says no, Just look at it here she showed some visitors she took to a part of the reef that hasn't yet been touched with bleaching.
TREBOR
19th May 2017
7:30pm
Encouraging investment in a venture to make profit that will be shipped offshore faster than the coal, while paying next to no tax here, and then giving it a royalty break to encourage investment- don't make me laugh....
Frank
19th May 2017
12:57pm
Little wonder the crooks have a hateful respect for Scott Morrison. During his time as Immigration Minister in his effort to stop the boats and regain control of immigration a couple of crooks employed by immigration were discovered moonlighting, making money issuing false passports and visas.
Well done Scott Morrison!!!
Well Done AFP!!!
I know the crooks would be saying ..bring back Labor to reduce and disorganise our security agencies.
Sundays
19th May 2017
1:24pm
What has Scott Morrison got to do with this case? Did he look at the ATO systems and ask why money received for PAYG did not match the payment summaries. No because where the public service is concerned the Govt has cut back on doing all the necessary checks. AFP did the investigation based on tip offs
Frank
19th May 2017
1:42pm
Sundays, open your eyes mate.
If we had a Labor union government, who among them would authorise and encourage an investigation in any section of the Public Service? We're talking about careers being made or buried. Not many would back themselves like Morrison and stand on his reputation. You are looking at a genuine leader.
Paulodapotter
19th May 2017
1:45pm
What a load of unsubstantiated garbage, Frank. Corruption runs rife on both sides of politics. Always has and always will.
Paulodapotter
19th May 2017
1:48pm
Morrison a genuine leader? Yep, he would make a great Dictator. All you got to have is no social conscience and a pocketful of BS.
Sundays
19th May 2017
2:32pm
Frank, what Labor would do, is not cut Govt Depts to the bone like this government has. It is this shedding of experience and not putting enough resources into checks and balances which is at the heart of this particular fraud. As for Morrison, he's not a leader unless you want a megalomaniac
Roby
19th May 2017
2:57pm
What rubbish Sundays we have Obead named a lobor crook still in jail and most of the other labor members are corrupt look at Shorten accused of rape and robbing the unions, Gillard kicked out of the labor Solicitors Slater and Gordon because she was a crook and recently accused of rigging a raffle for herself in" beyond blue "and I could keep naming them.
Put in a Socialist Government and we will be back to a third World economy as they are totally incompetent.
Sundays
19th May 2017
3:17pm
Roby, the ATO had the resources under Labor Governments to devote to investigating fraud. Now they don't as the ATO has had its staffing cut to the bone. My point is that this level of fraud would not have occurred except for the fact that the crooks knew that the systems and cross checking at ATO no longer happens straight away. I saw the public service contract and expand depending on the Govt and f the day, and always the Liberals just cut resources without any real investigation into whether Programs were working.
Roby
19th May 2017
3:54pm
We can argue this all day Sundays but arn"t public servants a lot of useless dicks and why pay for any more than we need.
Frank
19th May 2017
5:08pm
Sundays, growing public service union membership does not mean the ATO has the resources. The ATO helped to uncover this rort now but would it have been uncovered under a Labor government?
NO way Jose!!
TREBOR
19th May 2017
7:34pm
No way to tell - this is a dead duck argument going on. My view is that some in the ATO will be arrested and charged as well for some kind of involvement, since it would have to be as plain as my fine Gaelic nose** that something was wrong...

**Had me a photo once of self and Maltese lady friend at a restaurant side shot - my nose is bigger than hers, but Gladys The Jackal puts us all in the shade... imagine going in for the kiss and being rammed with that.....
Young Simmo
19th May 2017
1:12pm
I can see this taking 10 years, costing Billions of dollars and the culprits finaly walking away quite happy. That's just the way Pollies look after themselves first.
TREBOR
19th May 2017
1:34pm
Well ..... that leave Jo Bloggs who overlooked $10 in earnings while claiming Social security in another race altogether..

As for the ATO bigwig - I've long said that information held in trust is sacred, and can be divulged to no person without proper right of access... and that applies to all information held in trust by government and its agencies.

That even includes state police getting on the phone and asking for some info on someone they want a look at - these things must go through a process - and on top of that nearly twenty years ago now I had a crack at D^D over its incredibly leaky to mates etc clerical staff - records of Veterans and Service personnel are sacred and cannot be divulged to anyone with an axe to grind.

So if this high-ranking ATO flunkey has done wrong - he deserves the wrath of the law and of the people. For too long the attitude has been that there is one rule for the serfs and another for their masters.... and it's time for change.
Paulodapotter
19th May 2017
1:36pm
I have safety devices on my gas equipment. Trouble is there are no safety devices on my safety devices. If something is going to go wrong, it's bound to be a safety device. It beggers belief that Cranston didn't have a clue about his son's criminal activity. Didn't he wonder where he got all his money from? Surely, being in the position he is, he would check up on his own kids. Well no, of course he wouldn't. Because if he did find out he had rotten kids, he'd have to do something about it, wouldn't he?
Paulodapotter
19th May 2017
2:02pm
Who was checking up on the checker?
Wstaton
19th May 2017
3:10pm
He should take one look at that stupid looking car and then realize something was up.
Old Geezer
19th May 2017
2:20pm
Auditor was certainly asleep on the job!
Old Geezer
19th May 2017
2:20pm
Or is he in on it too?
Aussie
19th May 2017
3:00pm
well I am not surprise if he is also part of the team ... and who else is involved ... This is not just 10 people no bloody way for scam of this size there have to be a lot more people of many levels from the teller at the bank up to the top of ATO ..... I am very sure there will be more arrest or maybe the Libs put the plug to the investigation .... again I will not be surprise ....

This days with the AU governments nothing surprise me anymore .....
TREBOR
19th May 2017
7:36pm
That's what I said, OG/Aussie - still watching this space for further charges and arrests...
Wstaton
19th May 2017
2:33pm
Because this mob is to busy looking after their mates, screwing the disadvantaged, the pensioners, the centrelink recipients, the people without a job on newstart and more and not looking in their own backyard.
TREBOR
19th May 2017
11:09pm
All of that is fluff and bubble to keep our eyes on all the wrong things, while the Old Mates Society gets away with the contents of the till....

That's four major rorts that I, for one, have become aware of in two days.....

We need a Rortslist - a Black List for real..
floss
19th May 2017
2:45pm
Sorry Oars I was blaming the party that is in power at this time,it is their job to clean up the mess . The old n.s.w labor party have a lot to answer for,one is Lebanese with a name starting with O a nasty piece of work.
TREBOR
19th May 2017
7:36pm
Yeah - buy my lawyer is a Lebanese Christian and a fine man...
Old Man
19th May 2017
2:46pm
Greed!
Dot
19th May 2017
2:55pm
Heard on the grape vine there's so much fraud that those responsible for looking into it wouldn't bother chasing it up with anything under a million dollars and that's going back to the 1980's. It explains why there are so many rich people. Government is only interested in targeting the battlers
Aussie
19th May 2017
3:04pm
Hell I agree with you .... I have seen all from the 70's ....... all the way to these incredible stuff ... I do not believe that a Gov. authority of his level is involved in something like this
Old Geezer
19th May 2017
3:21pm
Not long after our welfare system was computerised I was working the Australian Government and somebody asked the question why everything balanced so well without any rounding errors. It came to pass that one of the programmers who wrote the program had gathered all the rounding errors up and had the system post a cheque to his Grandmother.
kinkakuji
19th May 2017
3:34pm
List of official theives - "The ABS, the damned ABC, the useless SBS, $3billion worth of broken Navy ships, Muslim schools, and Halal certifiers scamming the public and their coffers. Because of the coverup culture there is only one cure for this terminal cancer in our systems and that is a totally new government willing to ruthlessly purge the bureaucracy and create massive fines and jail terms for transgressors. Now who can that party be? Not to mention silent partner of all these thieves and scammers, the Australian Media. Proud liars and manipulators of 'news' now hides the truth from the population because it conflicts with their socialist bench marks. The Media, a once proud and honourable profession is now no more than an organised gang of street walkers and backroom prostitutes.
TREBOR
19th May 2017
7:39pm
This little gem needs repeating:-

“The television business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs. There is also a negative side…”

Dr Hunter S Thompson

Read media for television and you're home and hosed...
Paulodapotter
21st May 2017
10:13am
Boy, the nutters are out in force today.
kinkakuji
19th May 2017
3:35pm
List of official theives - "The ABS, the damned ABC, the useless SBS, $3billion worth of broken Navy ships, Muslim schools, and Halal certifiers scamming the public and their coffers. Because of the coverup culture there is only one cure for this terminal cancer in our systems and that is a totally new government willing to ruthlessly purge the bureaucracy and create massive fines and jail terms for transgressors. Now who can that party be? Not to mention silent partner of all these thieves and scammers, the Australian Media. Proud liars and manipulators of 'news' now hides the truth from the population because it conflicts with their socialist bench marks. The Media, a once proud and honourable profession is now no more than an organised gang of street walkers and backroom prostitutes.
Roby
19th May 2017
3:52pm
Wow you said it how you believe it to be kinkakuji I think you covered a lot of good points.
Paulodapotter
21st May 2017
10:14am
Like I said - Boy, the nutters are out in force today
Pamiea
19th May 2017
4:02pm
Disgusting to say the least and I hope they throw the book at them big time and jail the lot of them. How greedy can people be?? I hope they manage to retrieve the whole $165M. Tell me dad didnt know about it! Yeah right!!
Paulodapotter
21st May 2017
10:16am
Gee they'll be real upset when they have their toys taken away from them - naughty! Naughty! Where were you Daddy when I needed a spanking?
Couldabeen
19th May 2017
4:38pm
Once upon a time we used to think that the Banks lost lots of money to armed hold-ups. And the Banks let us think that. In fact visible theft from the Banks was less than 20% that they "lost" every year. The rest was being diverted and siphoned off by their own staff. Staff who had worked out "invisible" methods of transferring funds to their own use in a manner that no-one but themselves knew how it was done. The Banks were not going to undermine the confidence of the public in their ability to safely hold their money so they kept very quiet. Only their Auditors knew what was going on as they worked hard to find the culprits. If they spoke too loudly, the embezzlers would change methods and escape detection or let others know how to achieve success.
This is the bind that the ATO is in. There are several areas where crooks both inside and outside the ATO can create fraudulent schemes to steal money not rightfully theirs. I know a man who worked in GST compliance and reimbursements who noticed how easy it would be to produce false documents that would create payments to businesses claiming new equipment as GST exempt. His managers took no notice. So he set up a bank account and proved how easy it was to do. Rather than being thanked for showing the weakness in the system he was charged and gaoled for fraudulent activity as an ATO employee.
There are much bigger scams going on than this, but are so neat that no-one can close in enough to identify the perpetrators.
Paulodapotter
21st May 2017
10:17am
Are you sure about that theft percentage?
Baby Huey
19th May 2017
7:15pm
BIG Brother is well established at the Animal Farm.
Crimmo
19th May 2017
8:06pm
The question I would be asking Michael Cranston is, 'Where did you think your son was getting all his money from?
Paulodapotter
21st May 2017
10:19am
We've already covered that one.
Frank
20th May 2017
9:11am
Wow, this investigation is likely to have more twists than a mountain road.
I've just learned from court evidence that head of the operation and sole director of the parent co. is a 22yo stripper/pole dancer.
TREBOR
20th May 2017
11:21am
**falls about laughing**
Radish
22nd May 2017
8:35am
It happened because many of this current generation are not prepared to work hard, save and gradually get the lifestyle their parents have.

They want the easy way...instant gratifications...the big flashy homes, overseas trips, jewellery .and expensive lifestyle.

I hope each and every one involved in this (if proven guilty) get the toughest penalty possible...confiscation of every asset they hold and 10 years imprisonment
Frank
22nd May 2017
9:38am
I agree Radish! Another good reason why we should have a conservative government for the next 2 decades.
Gee Whiz
22nd May 2017
9:55am
We can only hope Radish.

But this is the government where the brotherhood looks after one another.

Be interesting to see if any of these insiders get a jail term.

I'm betting no.
Gee Whiz
22nd May 2017
9:51am
This is only the tip of the rorting iceberg that goes on inside the public service.

The government wastes millions pandering to Public Servants such as Yoga lessons, on work site massages, stress holidays, private health insurance, and hundreds of other benefits workers in the private sector could only dream of.

And the trouble is that these crooks being part of the government will hardly cop a reasonable jail sentence.

In fact they could do a deal with the government that if they keep their mouths shut about what goes on inside the halls of power they could get off scott free.

Wait and see?
Frank
22nd May 2017
1:37pm
I can hear them singing now..."you cant touch me I'm part of the union...la de dah..."
Many of them live like royalty at taxpayers expense. I know of one who has been on paid sick (stress) leave for 12 months. Another who was caught doing the wrong thing and has been on paid leave for 18 months. Its a joke!


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