A popular seafood chain accused of
misleading customers by swapping "fish-of-the-day" dory fillets for
cheap Vietnamese catfish is linked to notorious outlaw motorcycle gang
The Port Melbourne-based club, which
has been the subject of recent police investigations into drugs,
firearms and arson offences, is considered one of the most powerful
bikie gangs in the state. Its members are already linked to businesses
in the construction and tattooing industries.
Fairfax Media can reveal high-ranking
Mongol member Sherif Derias has a significant financial interest in the
lucrative Hunky Dory fish-and-chip chain, which operates seven outlets
A busy day at Hunky Dory fish 'n'
chips in Port Melbourne. Photo: Penny Stephens
While company records show no direct
connection between Mr Derias and the business, police, underworld and
seafood industry sources say the former body builder is "heavily
involved" in the chain, which was founded by long time friend Greg
Mr Derias' partner, Drina Jackanic,
holds a 20 per cent share in Hunky Dory's Moonee Ponds outlet, which
opened last year.
Ms Jackanic, a personal trainer, is a
director of the business along with Mr Robotis and another man, company
It is not the first time Mr Derias has
failed to disclose his involvement in a business with the Australian
Securities and Investments Commission.
Mr Derias, who claims to be a project
manager and director of construction firm SGI Building Services on
business network LinkedIn, is not listed on company documents filed with
the corporate regulator.
SGI is owned and operated by
another member of the Mongols, Tyrone Bell, who previously claimed the
no relationship" with
the bikie gang.
Several sources said Hunky Dory's
flagship store in Bay Street is regularly visited by Mongol members from
their Port Melbourne clubhouse who "eat for free".
Mr Robotis confirmed he had been
friends with Mr Derias for more than 15 years but denied the senior
Mongol was involved with the chain in any way.
"These are silly rumours, they don't
make any sense. We are a legitimate business and I wouldn't allow it. We
have worked too hard," Mr Robotis said.
He said he did not know if Mr Derias was
a member of the Mongols.
In that story, a source familiar with
the Hunky Dory business said delivery invoices revealed one outlet
routinely ordered up to 80 kilograms of basa fillets, about 25 kilograms
of flake, and about 4 kilograms each of barramundi, blue grenadier,
flathead and salmon. But there were no invoices for dory.
A source familiar with the business
said staff had been instructed to to tell customers that the defrosted
basa fillets were dory when sold as "fish-of-the-day".
The basa was sometimes described as
'H-Dory', the source said.
At the time, Mr Robotis said
inexperienced staff could have been responsible for the confusion.
"We sell dory all the time," he said.
We are not misrepresenting because at the end of the day,
fish-of-the-day can be anything. We use all types of fish for fish of
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the
force continued to monitor organised crime and its attempt to infiltrate
legitimate business operations.
"The organised crime aspect of outlaw
motorcycle gangs is to exploit and look for vulnerabilities in various
industries where gaps are evident and where money can be made", the
police spokeswoman said.