Bandidos strongman Toby Mitchell.
Picture: Jake Nowakowski
Source: Herald Sun
POLICE are investigating a chilling
standover in which a leading real estate agent enlisted
feared bikie enforcer Toby Mitchell to help him recoup a
Bandido bikie Mitchell and another burly man
identified as "Slim" Walker attended a formal meeting of those
owed money after the collapse of property development firm
Rivacourt Pty Ltd.
Mitchell and Walker were seen wearing Bandidos
Police have been told that during the
creditors' meeting, Mitchell allegedly produced a dossier
containing what appeared to be photographs of the home of
Rivacourt's director, a millionaire fund manager from Brighton.
Corporate documents show the director was at
the meeting, held as part of the company's formal voluntary
The muscular and heavily tattooed Mitchell, a
feared underworld figure and Bandido sergeant at arms who has
survived two attempts on his life, was allegedly seen flicking
through photographs of the director's home as the meeting
A third, unidentified man was seen in the
Mitchell and Walker formally acknowledged
their attendance at the meeting, signing the official register
in their own names and describing themselves as "observers".
The register has been lodged with the
Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
Police have been told the bikie arrived at the
meeting with a real estate agent from a successful suburban real
A tribunal had previously ruled that Rivacourt
owed that agent $130,000 in commissions, according to ASIC
Records of the meeting, which took place on
March 19 at the St Kilda Rd offices of administrators Bent &
Cougle, reveal the agent demanded that money back.
"(The agent) asked the director when he was
going to pay the money he was owed," the ASIC files reveal.
Administrators found Rivacourt to be $1.9
million in debt, according to ASIC.
Police received a complaint after the meeting
and the anti-bikie Taskforce Echo opened an investigation.
Victoria Police said in a statement: "Police
are aware of the matter and are conducting inquiries."
Administrator Hamish MacKinnon, of Bent &
Cougle, declined to comment. The company director did not return
The agent would not say why he had brought
Mitchell to the creditors' meeting.
He said: "I'd be very careful what I write if
I were you."
He would not say how he had come to have
contact with Mitchell and said the dispute with the company
director had been resolved.
"There is no criminal act and there was no
standover at all," he said.
Bikies are increasingly becoming involved in
standover bids, expanding their debt-collecting activities in
the property and construction industries.