NSW police target bikie gang members dodging tax
2nd Nov 2015 11:51 AM
A JOINT Australian Taxation Office and police operation
has targeted more than 200 outlaw motorcycle gang members dodging their
Officers from the ATO and state police have made surprise visits to more
than 200 individuals and business with links to OMCG's as part of a week
Together, more than 200 legal and other notices have been served
involving millions of dollars, for failing to comply with their
obligations that included lodgment of returns, paying taxes that are due
and correctly returning the income they have earned.
This is the first time a nationally coordinated activity targeting the
tax obligations of those involved in motorcycle gangs has been
undertaken on such a scale.
The operation has involved over 100 people from the ATO, AFP and state
and territory police services.
It comes as the latest crackdown in National Taskforce-Operation
Morpheus, a joint agency taskforce aimed at detection, deterrence and
disruption of OMCG's and their members.
Operation Morpheus chair NSW Police Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace
said the action forms an important part of efforts to combat criminal
"These gangs rely on money to continue their illegal activities, so
disrupting their resources is an example of another way law enforcement
agencies are acting to dismantle their operations," Detective
Superintendent Wallace said.
"Operation Morpheus will continue to use every tool at its disposal to
see the end of these criminal gangs."
An ATO spokesperson said it was important people be held to account for
defrauding the tax system and cheating the community of revenue.
"We are committed to ensuring that those involved in OMCG activities are
made to pay their fair share of tax and are more open with their tax
affairs," the spokesperson said.
"Improvements in technology enable us to better use data
and intelligence to build an income, wealth and tax compliance picture
so we can undergo targeted activities such as this."