Facebook defends itself against Twiggy Forrest attack

Original article by Patrick Durkin
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 29-Nov-19

Facebook has responded to claims that it is not doing enough to address the issue of fraudulent advertisements on its platforms. Carolyn Everson, Facebook’s global head of marketing, says it has launched a "massive crackdown" on scam ads and may take legal action against those responsible for them. Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has called for digital platforms to be treated in the same way as traditional media companies. He is among the high-profile Australians whose photos have been used in scam ads published on digital platforms such as Facebook and Google.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, TWITTER INCORPORATED, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM

Forrest wants tech giants to be accountable for ads

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 28-Nov-19

Fortescue Metals Group founder Andrew Forrest argues that technology companies such as Facebook should be treated in the same way as traditional media companies with regard to advertising content that appears on their platforms. He contends that digital companies are not doing enough to address the issue of fraudulent ads, and they must be accountable for the ads that are published on their platforms. Forrest is among a number of high-profile Australians whose images have been used to promote scams on social media platforms.

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Plutus fraudster seeking happiness gets jail

Original article by David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 29-Aug-19

Plutus Payroll’s former general manager Joshua Kitson will be eligible for parole in three years, after being jailed for his role in a $105m tax fraud. His 4.5-year sentence in the Supreme Court of New South Wales is the first to be handed down as a result of the massive fraud. Justice Anthony Payne ruled that although Kitson was not one of the main instigator’s of the fraud, he had played an integral role and described him as an "essential facilitator".

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PLUTUS PAYROLL AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, SUPREME COURT OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Tax office wins fight over GST on scrap gold

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 23 : 5-Jul-19

The Australian Taxation Office has secured an important legal victory in its ongoing battle to withhold tax credits that were allegedly wrongfully claimed under a GST gold swindle. Deputy commissioner Jeremy Geale says the significance of its latest win in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal is that it was against a gold refiner, whereas the previous wins have been against gold dealers or scrap merchants. It is claimed that the swindle has cost federal Treasury over $1 billion.

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AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, AUSTRALIA. ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS TRIBUNAL, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

Australians are real stars at cheating – Ball-tampering is merely the tip of the iceberg

Original article by Janet Albrechtsen
The Australian – Page: 12 : 4-Apr-18

Factors such as the extent of "liar loans" revealed by the banking royal commission, the black economy, and rampant insurance fraud and theft from shops suggest that Australia is a nation of cheats. The forgone tax revenue from the $A25bn-a-year black economy, for example, is much greater than tax evasion by large companies. For many people in a nation founded by petty criminals, the real crime arising from cricket’s ball-tampering scandal may be not the plot itself but the fact that Smith, Warner and Bancroft did it live on international television.

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AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, BUNNINGS GROUP LIMITED

Tax fraud prosecutors tip raft of fresh charges

Original article by Sam Buckingham-Jones
The Australian – Page: 4 : 14-Mar-18

Prosecutor David Moorhouse has told a Sydney court that it might take another 4-6 months to prepare the brief of evidence in a $A165m tax fraud case. Ten people have been charged with a range of offences, including the son and daughter of the Australian Taxation Office’s former deputy commissioner, Michael Cranston. Moorhouse also said the defendants may face additional or amended charges when the brief is completed. Magistrate David Price set a deadline of 13 July to file the completed brief.

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AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE

Gold traders’ scam ripped off $1bn GST

Original article by Ben Butler
The Australian – Page: 21 : 1-Mar-18

The Australian Taxation Office estimated in February 2017 that goods and services tax fraud by gold traders had cost the federal government around $A700m in revenue. However, ATO deputy commissioner Timothy Dyce has told a Senate committee that the forgone revenue may now be almost $A1bn. He added that legislation enacted in April 2017 has closed the loophole which enabled gold traders to avoid GST liability.

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AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, AUSTRALIA. SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON ECONOMICS, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

Shock AWU claims: detective breaks silence on fraud scandal

Original article by Andrew Burrell
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 22-Feb-18

Former Western Australian major fraud squad detective David ­McAlpine headed a two-year investigation into an Australian Workers’ Union slush fund in the late 1990s. He says the WA Director of Public Prosecutions ordered him to cease the investigation shortly before he was slated to travel to Melbourne and executive a series of search warrants concerning the use of money from the slush fund. He also says former executives of Thiess may have misled the trade union royal commission regarding payments that the construction firm made to AWU officials for the slush fund.

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AUSTRALIAN WORKERS’ UNION-FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING EMPLOYEES, AUSTRALIAN WORKERS’ UNION – WORKPLACE REFORM ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED, THIESS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO TRADE UNION GOVERNANCE AND CORRUPTION, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS, WESTERN AUSTRALIAN POLICE SERVICE, SLATER AND GORDON LIMITED – ASX SGH, MELBOURNE WATER CORPORATION

$100m lost in Plutus tax scam

Original article by Geoff Winestock, David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 15-Jan-18

The liquidators of Plutus Payroll, the company at the centre of a tax fraud case, have released their first report to its creditors. Plutus Payroll and its associated companies have total debts of $A136 million. Based on how much Tim Norman of Deloitte Financial Advisory estimates will be recoverable from Plutus Payroll itself, it appears that the Australian Taxation Office may have to forgo around $A100 million. It is owed all but $A2 million of the debt.

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PLUTUS PAYROLL AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, DELOITTE FINANCIAL ADVISORY, SYNEP, HARTFORD INVESTMENTS, KISMETS

ATO beefs up internal processes after scandal

Original article by Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 11-Jan-18

The Plutus Payroll fraud has prompted the Australian Taxation Office to review and strengthen its internal integrity and fraud controls. The ATO has also revamped its fraud awareness training programs, while senior executives have participated in regular meetings of the Inspector-General of Taxation’s review of fraud control management. The son and daughter of former deputy commissioner Michael Cranston are facing criminal charges over his role in the Plutus fraud, while Cranston himself has been charged with abuse of public office.

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AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, PLUTUS PAYROLL AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF TAXATION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HUMAN SERVICES, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION, AUSTRALIA. DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS