Gold Coast property agent Garry Raymond Green is
first professional charged under Newman Government’s gang VLAD laws
April 21, 201412:00AM
WHITE-collar workers are in the crosshairs of an
organised crime crackdown, with a Gold Coast property agent the first
professional to be charged under Queensland’s gang laws.
Garry Raymond Green, a real estate agent and ex-footballer
accused of helping marijuana dealers invest fortunes, has been charged with
trafficking and faces an extra 15 years jail if convicted.
The charges – which are strenuously denied by Green –
signal a renewed push by police to use laws designed to break bikie gangs
against professionals who they allege knowingly protect criminal enterprises
and help them prosper.
Detective Inspector Terry Lawrence of gang squad Maxima
said a wide range of “facilitators” could fall foul of the Vicious Lawless
Association Disestablishment Act.
“It could be lawyers, it could be accountants, it could be
real estate agents, you name it,” he said.
“It could be any sort of business person who is assisting
(crime groups) not only to carry on their business but to hide it and even
help launder their money.”
Green, who as a property agent hosted celebrity auctions
and took clients on charter fishing trips, spent Easter behind bars after
appearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court last week.
His hearing for bail – made tougher under VLAD – will
An acquaintance described Green, who played professional
rugby league in the UK, as “very smart, very articulate, very switched on”.
His stint with third-tier UK team the York City Knights
was reportedly cut short in 2009 when new visa laws forced him out of the
Green then founded a Gold Coast property agency, GG Group
“on a simple philosophy passed down from his grandfather adhering to the
old-fashioned values of decency, integrity and honesty”, the website says.
His online bio describes him as “a country boy at heart”
with a “diverse background”.
Green previously worked for the NSW Government as a
fisheries officer and owned construction and security businesses.
His current venture is Indigenous Development Solutions,
which describes itself as working on housing and business projects with
Aboriginal communities and governments.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said VLAD laws, prompted
by a bikie brawl last year, had “always been about targeting sophisticated
“It was well known (crime gangs) were funnelling their
money into other ventures and this has been about breaking their
enterprise,” Mr Bleijie said.