Archive for the ‘fraud’ Tag

The TAB – A sure bet!

Remember the Lotteries Office and the National Australia Bank that Guilfoyle got rid of? The same bank and lottery office who were paying close to a million dollars a year in rent for the spaces they occupied? Well, after missing out on about $10 million dollars in revenue due to that imbecile moving them on, the committee and the new Guilfoyle, Mr Veloz, have decided to turn the empty 196 Pitt St balcony into a revenue stream by way of an agency for the TAB.

The TAB were more than keen and actually signed off on the deal. The club’s committee were congratulating themselves as smart people and rightly so given that they landed the big fish.

But there was a problem.

Yes, a problem.

Remember the blog back in February highlighting the stuff-up by Jan Ellks in not applyimg for the necessary gaming promotion permits? (See Jan Ellks draws a blank)

Well, you’ll hardly believe it but Veloz and his team of misfits forgot to make the necessary planning applications to council for the change of use to a TAB agency!

And this is the bloke who was going to oversee the construction of a 48 storey building over the club!

So Mr Veloz, over to you. Could you tell the members firstly why there is no TAB at 196 Pitt St, and while you’re at it would you be kind enough to disclose how much rental income the club has mised out on? National Australia Bank were paying $10,000 a week back in 2001, so what would the same space be worth today?

Well done, Mr Veloz! Add this achievement to your CV.

Save City Tatts Committee



Let the games begin!

The Save City Tatts desks have been swamped with reports detailing a raft of games, normally seen in a kiddies play pen or retirement village, installed on the ground floor of the club.

As the City Tatts boardroom resembles a hybrid group somewhere between a nursing home and a psychiatric ward, and Veloz’s local knowledge where kiddies play pens are concerned, we think it is only fitting that management are catering for these groups by offering suitable games to play.

If you enter the ground floor today you will see a ping pong table, a shuffle board, a poker table and a shooting gallery/rifle range.

We think this is a great idea. The kiddies can play the ping pong, the young adults can learn valuable social skills like bluffing at the poker table and the senile and deranged, otherwise referred to as the club’s directors, can go crazy with the pump-action shotgun.

But just why is the club investing in this type of entertainment for members and directors?

The space now occupied by these games is the same space that the club just leased to the NSW TAB to replace the Park Street TAB that had to close to make way for the new Metro line. But for some unknown reason the club has substituted a sure five figure a week rent from the TAB for games that will bring in no revenue at all.

Save City Tatts is looking into this strange turn of events and will report findings to members in a matter of days.

Save City Tatts Committee


City Tatts members raise rabbit proof fence!

Did you ever try the rabbit on the Esperanto menu a couple of years ago?

Well actually, we know you didn’t, because only two rabbit dishes were sold in six months.

Yes, two in six months.

How do we know this? A former chef contacted the Save City Tatts desks and told us the amazing story.

Guilfoyle, when he was pouring money the club didn’t have into the Chef’s Table charade, opted for a signature dish of rabbit as the club’s flagship meal in one competition. He was so chuffed with his selection that he ordered Trevelyan Bale to put the rabbit dish on the Esperanto menu because “the members will love it”.

Well this prediction, like so many other things he tried, did not turn out well. Two members tried it, in six months.

Every time Bale tried to tell Guilfoyle that no one wanted his rabbit dish he would be yelled at and told to get out of the office and back to the kitchen.

Maybe Guilfoyle saw himself as some sort of Gordon Ramsey type – without the formal cooking qualifications, of course. Come to think of it, he was without formal qualifications in anything, except for a drivers licence and the responsible service of alcohol and gaming certificates. Most people familiar with City Tatts would say his results proved that.

This is just a random example of how this psychopath/bully operated. You will hear many more about this fool and his meglomania.

Save City Tatts Committee


The real reason Tony Guilfoyle loved cookery competitions

Tony Guilfoyle loved to enter City Tatts in cookery competitions.

You may have wondered why.

Obviously these did nothing for members. Members didn’t care in the slightest that a City Tatts team came second in some competition they never heard of. Especially when the medal winning dish was not available in any of the club’s restaurants.

And they were a fairly expensive exercise when you counted up all the wages, time and resources involved.

So why was he so keen on them?

Partly it was a bit of an ego trip, something to put in the magazine to give the impression he was doing something.

But the real reason was to provide cover for the removal of food and drink from City Tatts.

During Guilfoyle’s time it was quite common for Guilfoyle, or Trevelyan Bale or any of the inner circle to carry large quantities of food and drink out of the club, sometimes trolleys of food and drink. Members, doormen, reception staff and passers-by all saw this.

Now think about it. In a normal club if you were seen doing that it would stick out like a sore thumb. It would be almost impossible to defend because there would be no good reason for it.

But at City Tatts these people always had a ready explanation: “Oh, this is for the cookery competition tomorrow/on the weekend/next week …..

Now you know.

Save City Tatts Committee


Ex-Hockeyroo sentenced over “cancer” fraud

There was a story in the Sydney Morning Herald a few days ago about a former Hockeyroo who used forged medical certificates to claim she had cancer and get paid $1300 in sick leave from the charity she worked at.

She was convicted of “making and using false documents to obtain a financial benefit” and was fined $2000.

Yes, $2000 for a $1300 fraud. And she had pleaded guilty.

The magistrate also said “The behaviour is deplorable. It doesn’t matter if it was for $1000 or $10, if the money was meant to go to people who needed it”.

Now just imagine if that magistrate applied the same standard to City Tatts since 2004.

There would be hundreds of examples of “using false documents to obtain a financial benefit”. Yes, hundreds. And, at City Tatts, the money involved would be huge.

Mark Cooper alone would have been personally involved in at least a hundred cases of approving payments for building materials, wine, advertising and who knows what else, that he knew were fraudulent.

And what about Peter Georgeson and Mark Lonngren? How much members money disappeared on bodgy invoices passed by these two?

Then consider the Committee. To take just one example, recall the Explanatory Memorandum the Committee put out to con members into buying 194 Pitt Street in 2007. Remember the rent they could collect from leasing out the building if they ever needed money? $400,000 per annum, they said. And how much rent have they actually received? Zero! That’s right, not one cent since 2007.

It would be no exaggerattion to say that probably every Committee meeting after 2004 would have had at least one instance of “using false documents to obtain a financial benefit”.

Save City Tatts Committee


Campion is just a grub

What a grub Patrick Campion is.

Bad enough that he wasted millions of members’ money on two failed attempts to gift the club’s site to two different developers, on Tony Guilfoyle’s instructions (See previous blog Corrupt Campion’s path to a property fraud). But he hasn’t even got the decency to tell members now that the whole project has come to a halt.

In a way you could view the entire history of the City Tatts property development as a long series of Campion lying to members (or concealing the truth) to save face as the various development attempts lurched from one disaster to another.

So it’s propably too much to expect the Chief Liar to give an honest account of how the property development has gone, ie. how much money has been spent and what there is to show for it.

Remember it’s over five years since Campion and Guilfoyle first spoke to Sydney City Council. And these discussions were all “positive”, according to Guilfoyle.

But once Mirvac walked away, it was downhill all the way. By the way, this must be one of Mirvac’s best ever investment decisions.

We can confirm there is no developer waiting in the wings to have another go.

Save City Tatts Committee


Wine, what wine? Who said anything about missing wine?

Fallen millionaire winemaker David James has a lot in common with City Tatts.

You see Mr James has fallen on difficult times after his estranged wife put him through the cleaners. While Mrs James has been getting a fair whack through the family courts it appears that there is a problem with their declared joint assets. The funny thing is that Mr James managed to have an entire wine collection vanish, and this wine collection is estimated to be worth $5 million.

Now how funny is that!

Hard to believe, but the exact same thing happened at City Tatts. The club even had a purpose built wine store installed, complete with thermostat control to store the wine safely at the correct temperature.

Now where did this wine go? The wine went missing from the club, with no trace of it ever found. Literally hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of wine.

Now we can report that Tony Guilfoyle slowly removed the wine from the City Tatts to an offsite facility called Wine Ark located somewhere near Balmain. This is not a big shock because Guilfoyle was the greatest thief in the club’s history. He stole anything that wasn’t nailed down.

But what is more of a shock is that nothing was ever done about the missing wine. Nothing was ever reported by Humpty Dumpty, the club’s financial controller. Now you would think that the financial controller would want to know where thousands of dollars of missing wine went, wouldn’t you? Well, not at City Tatts. Does this make the financial controller complicit in this theft? You bet it does.

In reality Humpty Dumpty should have made a song and dance about where the wine had gone. He should have brought it to the attention of the committee and the investigation should have started from there. But there is a twist to this tale. At the time John Kennedy (BSF) was chairman, and a very close relation of his owned a bottle shop. We have evidence that the wine was farmed out to this bottle shop and sold.

Now if Mark Cooper as financial controller didn’t know that this wine was missing, he is at best devoid of any ability, which is a real possibility. But if he did know, why didn’t he do something about it? If the latter, let us remind Mr Cooper that he has concealed an indictable offence. Which is itself an offence.

Miss Management