Former bikie gang presidents still living the high life
- The Courier-Mail
- February 02, 2014
Former motorcycle gang bosses have relinquished their presidents' patches but manage to stay on the radar as Queensland's bikie crackdown nets a growing number of their former outlaw footsoldiers.
A former gang president who cannot be named for legal reasons is under investigation by New Zealand authorities over an alleged $1.2 million tax fraud.
The sophisticated scheme he is accused of orchestrating - involving shipping containers from China, three separate companies and bogus GST claims - belies his lack of visible wealth, which outwardly consists of an unremarkable South Brisbane home and a rundown tow truck.
While most of his ex-Bandidos clubmates were last month making small targets of themselves, another chapter president, George Bejat, from Centro, was eyeing off the purchase of a $165,000 Lamborghini.
That's despite the 27-year-old standing to lose his only known business interest, a share in a Milton tattoo shop, Royal Ink, under a licensing clampdown on parlours.
Bejat organised a private inspection of the 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo at a Brisbane dealership with a Gold Coast seller.
That echoes SRB Corp, a company owned by Bejat's mentor and one-time Gold Coast Bandidos boss Sava Cvetkovic, who hopes to turn a tidy profit with a five-unit development on a Mt Gravatt suburban plot.
Cvetkovic's budding career as a property developer comes with other business interests tied up in family trusts, including one of Brisbane's highest-profile tattoo parlours.
Like Bejat, Cvetkovic - who has been pursued in the past without success by prosecutors on various charges including drug trafficking - also stands to lose Valley Ink on the Brunswick St Mall under a new licensing regime aimed at weeding out bikies from the industry.
Errol Gildea, one-time Queensland Hells Angels boss who now lives in Thailand, has been linked to allegations of corruption involving union officials and building industry figures down south.
Mr Gildea, who also owns a bar in Patong, held shares in the company through another business he claims recycles gold and platinum from computer chips.