The colourful construction identity behind an alleged multimillion-dollar tax fraud and money laundering scheme is set to face trial.
George Alex, 50, and his son Arthur Alex, 23, as well as a number of co-accused, were committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court over the alleged criminal syndicate operated between July 2018 and 2020 in both NSW and Queensland.
They appeared at the Downing Centre Local Court on a video call with their lawyer Abbas Soukie.
The alleged fraud used legitimate construction labour-hire firms and related payroll operators to defraud the Australian Taxation Office of $17.5m dollars, and police allege the money was laundered through offshore companies.
George Alex, who lives on a waterfront home in Surfers Paradise according to court documents, is charged with conspiring to cause a loss to the Commonwealth alongside co-accused Pasquale Loccisano, Kevin McHugh, Mark Bryers, Gordon McAndrew, Lindsay Kirchberg, William Sam Pahl, Arthur Alex and Lucas Connell.
He is also charged with dealing with the property proceeds of crime, having allegedly conspired with three co-accused, according to the court documents.
Camera IconArthur Alex, 23. Glenn Hampson Credit: News Corp Australia
His son Arthur, with an address listed in Earlwood on court documents, is charged with conspiring with others to dishonestly cause a loss to the Commonwealth, and dealing with more than $1m in what is believed to be the proceeds of crime.
They will face the Supreme Court on February 11 where they will be arraigned. No pleas have been recorded.
Last month, George Alex’s brother-in-law Peter Kay, 52, as well as Michael Ibrahim’s wife Caitlin Hall, 32, and Abraham Sayour, 25, were committed to stand trial in the District Court for their lesser alleged roles in the tax fraud, namely recklessly dealing with the proceeds of the crime.Internet Explorer Channel Network