Between about 14 October 2016 and 8 October 2019, Hopkins, a financial advisor, engaged in dishonest conduct in relation to the provision of financial services to 13 clients of his financial advisory business, QWL Pty Ltd.
Mr Kathiravelu was undertaking capital raising for a listed company and conspired with a business associate to ensure shares on the ASX would close higher than the price to be offered under the capital raising.
Tony Mokbel had been charged with importing 1.9kg of cocaine into Australia. One of the barristers that represented him was Nicola Gobbo. The Court of Appeal ordered a re-trial. The CDPP discontinued the re-trial as there was no public interest in prosecuting Mr Mokbel again.
Dowlat Soliman entered a plea of guilty to one charge of obtaining a financial advantage by deception. Ms Soliman appealed against her sentence. In February the Court of Appeal refused the application for leave to appeal.
Philip Blowers was sentenced to an aggregate sentence of five years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of two years and eight months for offences relating to the transmission of child abuse material.
A Crown appeal against the inadequacy of a fine imposed in relation to breaches of maritime safety of a tourist-carrying vessel was successful, resulting in an increase in the fine imposed on the defendant company from $25,000 to $40,000.
Investigators discovered 1.4 tonnes of pure MDMA concealed in tomato tins in a shipping container in Melbourne. In November 2019 the Commonwealth Attorney-General referred the whole of Mr Visser’s case to the Court of Appeal to be heard and determined as if it were a fresh appeal. On 18 December 2020, the Court of Appeal dismissed Mr Visser’s appeal.
Mr Phillip Galea was charged with one count of doing acts in preparation for, or planning a terrorist act and one count of attempting to collect or make a document likely to facilitate a terrorist act.
Mr Muldoon, a qualified plumber, committed the fraud under the Commonwealth ‘Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme’, lodging forms falsely stating that he installed air source heat pumps at various residences around Queensland.
In recent years, there has been a steady increase in referrals from the NSW Police in relation to matters involving Commonwealth drug and precursor importation charges. However, in 2019‑20 increase rose dramatically.