TaxAdministrationAnother setback for Oz crime body into tax probe

Another setback for Oz crime body into tax probe

Another setback for Oz crime commission in its attempt to uncover $A100m Vanuatu tax scam

Only weeks after the Australian Crime Commission bungled its case against
Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan for alleged tax evasion, its NSW arm has also
suffered an embarrassing legal setback.

An attempt to freeze 50 bank accounts connected with Robert Agius, an
Australian and former
PKF Vanuatu
accountant, allegedly involved in a $A100m (£42m) money laundering scheme, has
been quashed.

The NSW Court of Appeal ruled the commission could not freeze the accounts
because the Australian Federal Police agent who arrested Agius in Perth last
April did not provide enough information about Agius’s alleged criminal
activities.

However, the Sydney Morning Herald has learned the commission has
since obtained restraining orders under different legislation enabling the
accounts to remain frozen.

Further reading:

Hogan scores major win in tax fight

Aussie accountant arrested in high profile tax racket

Read
the Sydney Morning Herald story

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