George Alex pleads bail for mental health treatment, court hears

·

Controversial building industry figure George Alex, who was arrested last month over a $17 million tax fraud syndicate, has denied any wrongdoing, arguing he needs bail to get treatment for mental health issues, a court heard.

Last month George Alex was arrested in Queensland and extradited to Sydney on conspiracy to defraud the Commonwealth and dealing with proceeds of crime charges.

The 49-year-old applied for bail at Central Local Court on Tuesday, but Magistrate Margaret Quinn is not expected to make a decision until Friday.

Read More: Construction figure George Alex arrested over money laundering, tax evasion

Prosecutor Raelene Sharp said Alex may interfere with witnesses if released and posed an unacceptable flight risk, adding he had the “associations” and “significant financial means” to flee the country.

“If convicted, Mr Alex faces a significant term of imprisonment,” she said.

Mr Alex was alleged to be the leader of the syndicate that used labour hire and payroll companies to defraud the ATO. Millions of dollars were then allegedly transferred to Australian accounts controlled by other accused syndicate members.

Last week the sick Surfers Paradise man was held in isolation while on remand at Silverwater prison as a coronavirus precaution, and he appeared via video link on Tuesday wearing a green top fashioned as a makeshift face mask.

Read More: ‘The George Alex 12’ reportedly blindsided as police seized assets worth millions

Alex‘s lawyer argued the construction boss had “exceptionally strong” community ties that would stop him from leaving Australia – something he has not done since about 1987.

Defence barrister Craig Smith SC said Alex suffers from physical and mental health conditions and at one point wasn’t getting his medication behind bars.

“He still hasn’t seen a psychiatrist,” Mr Smith said.

George Alex was arrested on the Gold Coast. Photo: SMH NEWS.

The court also heard Alex was in a “very serious” accident in 1994, and still suffers ongoing pain for which he needs treatment.

Documents released from Queensland Supreme Court last week showed that 12 people were accused of being involved in the alleged syndicate. By the end of the proceedings on July 17, The George Alex 12 were ordered by the court to surrender control of millions of dollars worth of assets.

This included 14 properties, starting with Mr Alex’s waterfront apartment on the Gold Coast and a Sydney mansion in Earlwood worth $2.5 million, owned by a company linked to the construction identity.

ARRESTS-and-CHARGES

Monument to migration - Mother's Day

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

Fresco of Helen of Troy uncovered at Pompeii

Nearly 2,000 years since it was buried by volcanic rubble, the lost city of Pompeii is yielding even more impressive discoveries.

New casual Greek restaurant brings meze and cocktails to Adelaide’s CBD

Andrew Papadakis, the visionary who founded and successfully sold Meze Mazi, returns to the vibrant Adelaide restaurant scene.

Two Greek women included in ’30 Under 30′ Forbes list

In this year's European Forbes "30 Under 30" list, two exceptional Greek women have managed to stand out for their successful paths.

2,300-year-old tomb unearthed in Greece

A tomb in the ancient Macedonian city of Aegae in modern Vergina, Greece,  has been unearthed according to an All That’s Interesting report.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ new movie ‘Kinds of Kindness’ included in Cannes lineup

New films from Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrea Arnold and Francis Ford Coppola, will compete for the Palme d’Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival.

You May Also Like

Mayor Steve Christou putting pressure on supermarkets over dumped trolley epidemic

Mayor Christou is championing complaints from local residents living with disabilities who struggle to navigate blocked footpaths.

On This Day: Declaration of the Greek Revolution 1821 made by Alexandros Ypsilantis

On this day in 1821, the official declaration of the Greek Revolution of 1821 was made by Greek-Russian general Alexandros Ypsilantis.

Greek and Cypriot players headline new A-League club transfers

Jonathan Aspropotamitis and Antonis Martis are set to play in the upcoming A-League season after signing with Perth Glory and Macarthur FC.