Angels bikie gang is involved in a sophisticated tax
fraud racket which has fleeced millions of dollars from
taxpayers, police allege.
yesterday morning, a 15-month police investigation
involving more than 200 officers culminated in the
arrest of 10 men and one woman, including four alleged
members of the bikie gang and three accountants.
Mostafa ''Samir'' Jouayde, 30, was granted bail less
than a fortnight ago to attend his own wedding. He has
been president of the Hells Angels Parramatta chapter
for several years and earlier this year oversaw the
chapter's move to the Hells Angels from the Bandidos.
Mahmoud ''Dibo'' Dib, 29, from Auburn, is a senior
member of the same chapter. His house was peppered with
bullets in 2009 in the middle of an outbreak of
hostilities between the Bandidos and the Ibrahim
family-associated street gang, Notorious.
Investigators alleged yesterday about 50 people were
involved with the tax fraud scam in which new businesses
were registered, business activity statements falsified,
and millions of dollars in GST refunds collected. The
businesses were then closed down.
Police gangs squad commander, Detective Superintendent
Arthur Katsogiannis, said the amount of money involved
in the scams overall was about $5.5 million.
involved was the registering of new businesses, along
with the established ones, where falsified business
activity statements were lodged with the Australian Tax
Office on a quarterly basis and, from those false
business activity statements, we will be alleging that
these individuals received significant GST refunds,'' he
A number of
those arrested were also participating in drug and
firearm supply and extortion, he said.
Superintendent Katsogiannis said the alleged white
collar crimes uncovered during the investigation
heralded a new era for bikie gangs.
gangs … are using professional advisers or facilitators,
like accountants and lawyers, to assist them with their
money laundering and financial activities,'' he said.
including those from the public order and riot squad,
the dog unit, and the bomb disposal unit, seized 11
firearms, a silencer, steroids, cash, computers and
financial documents during raids across western and
south-western Sydney yesterday.
arrests will have a substantial impact on the illegal
activities of a major chapter of the Hells Angels outlaw
motorcycle gang,'' Superintendent Katsogiannis said.
Parramatta chapter joined the Hells Angels this year. Mr
Jouayde and Mr Dib reached an agreement with the Hells
Angels boss, Felix Lyle, to ''patch over'' from rival
club the Bandidos.
defection came in the middle of a series of ''patch
overs'' to the Hells Angels, which has risen
significantly as a force in Sydney.
Premier, Barry O'Farrell, called on the federal
government yesterday to introduce national laws to
target bikie outlaws following reports in yesterday's
Herald that police from across the country
wanted uniform laws.
O'Farrell said he would write to the Prime Minister
backing the police calls for national legislation.
have attempted to impose laws to crack down on these
criminals [but] those laws have been struck down,'' he
to ensure we have effective laws so that federal and
state governments can deal with outlaw motorcycle gangs
who too often are involved in drug crime in cities like
[Sydney], in regions across NSW.
to stamp them out. We want to see an end to them. I
think the best way to do that is to back police and have
federal, national legislation.''