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Geoffrey Edelsten Responds to Chris Vedalago : The Age : Tax Man Targets Edelsten

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“Disgraced former doctor Geoffrey Edelsten is being chased by the Victorian government after allegedly failing to pay $33,460 in payroll taxes owed by his medical and entertainment businesses.”
1. The information provided here notable “disgraced” by Chris Vedalago is used to embellish the article.

“The overdue bill has sparked two new court actions against the flamboyant entrepreneur, whose colourful personal and professional history has been dogged by scandals and lawsuits.”
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“The State Revenue Office has petitioned the Supreme Court of Victoria to wind up two companies controlled by Mr Edelsten, with corporate liquidators nominated for Lonnex and Geoffrey Edelsten Entertainment after a warning to pay their 2012 payroll tax liabilities was ignored.”
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“ASIC documents show they are part of a complex web of companies owned and controlled by Mr Edelsten, some of which owe multi-million dollar debts to each other and the tax office but apparently have no assets.”
4. The information provided here by Chris Vedalago notably “complex web of companies owned and controlled by Mr Edelsten” is used to embellish the article.

“Lonnex, which used to run a Mill Park medical centre and the website Australia’s Worst Journalist, was placed in external administration in October last year with debts now estimated at more than $5.31 million, according to documents filed with ASIC.”
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“Mr Edelsten claims he is personally owed $3.64 million by Lonnex, which, in turn, is owed $8.44 million by another of his companies, Glenferrie Trading.”
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“Glenferrie Trading, which once ran an ”exotic” car club, was also put into external administration last year after racking up $9.56 million in debt but has no assets. Lonnex is owed the bulk of the debt.”
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“The Australian Taxation Office is also listed as a creditor for both companies with a total debt of $2.46 million.”
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“Mr Edelsten, who was declared bankrupt and lost his medical license in the 1980s, was sentenced to 12 months jail in 1990 after being convicted of soliciting hitman Christopher Dale Flannery, aka Mr Rent-A-Kill, to commit an assault.”

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“Last year, police were called to the home of Geoffrey and his wife, reality TV identity Brynne, over an unnamed ”incident” that occurred in their luxury city penthouse.”

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“In another recent legal stoush, Mr Edelsten won an injunction against a US woman he met on the website sugardaddyforme.com, who had received a $5000 loan from him on the condition all communication between two remained confidential. She was ordered to repay the loan with interest.”

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“Mr Edelsten has also had a tumultuous relationship with the press, creating the website Australia’s Worst Journalist to criticise media coverage of his business and personal life.”

“Mr Edelsten could not be reached for comment.”

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Geoffrey Edelsten Responds to Wayne Flower : Herald Sun : Edelsten Acts For Himself

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“Former doctor Geoffery Edelsten has been forced to represent himself in one of Australia’s top courts in the latest chapter in his headline-grabbing fall from grace.”

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“The former media-loving attention seeker, who draped himself in buxom blondes, appeared a tired old man outside the Federal Court in Melbourne yesterday.”

The use of language by Wayne such as “media-loving attention seeker”, “draped himself in buxom blondes” and “tired old man” is used to embellish the article.

“Edelsten had appeared in court where lawyers acting on behalf of the United States Bankruptcy Court were fighting to recover $1 million being held in a NAB trust fund by Edelsten’s former lawyers, Webb Korfiatis.”

“Edelsten declared himself bankrupt in Ohio in 2014.”

“Dressed in black with an outrageously coloured tie, Edelsten apologised to the Federal Court as he appeared at the bar table alongside three other lawyers.”

The use of language such as “outrageous” is used by Flower to embellish the article.

““Excuse me for not being represented,” he said.”

“Edelsten opposed any of the trust fund’s money being sent overseas.”

“The matter was adjourned until next month to allow all parties time to consider their positions. Outside court, Edelsten uncharacteristically objected to having his photograph taken. He asked for Herald Sun photographer David Caird’s camera, before saying that he was entitled to privacy and suggesting Caird could end up on his website.”

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Geoffrey Edelsten Responds to Vanda Carson : Courier Mail : Bankrupt Geoffrey Edelsten still leading life of luxury thanks to his mum

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“DESPITE filing for bankruptcy in the US, Geoffrey Edelsten continues to live a life of luxury – and he says it is all being financed by his mum.”

1. The information provided here notably “financed by his mum” by Vanda Carson of The Courier Mail is used to embellish the article.

“Mr Edelsten, 71, has spent $1.5 million in the past eight months on personal and business expenses including first-class flights overseas, stays in luxury hotels and designer clothes.”

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“But Mr Edelsten told The Courier-Mail his lifestyle is being maintained by his 91-year-old mum Esther, who lives in a retirement home, and some generous friends.”

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“He said he had made sacrifices to cut back on spending including giving up his Mercedes-Benz and private jet.”

“I didn’t pay for these expenses they were paid for by mother and other people close to me,’’ he said. “My mother has contributed a lot of money, she didn’t like seeing me being sad.”

“I will work very hard to see every dollar she has contributed will get repaid.’’

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“Mr Edelsten had to declare every dollar he has spent over the past nine months to the US bankruptcy court in the Southern District of Florida on September 5, as part of his chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.”

“He has handed over his credit card bills, obtained by The Courier-Mail, which provide an insight into his spending sprees at the world’s priciest hotels and retailers.”

“He has spent $73,000 on hotels including the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the Plaza Athenee Hotel in New York, and lavished $44,215 on clothes for his then-wife Brynne and new squeeze Gabi Grecko, 25, at high-end retailers such as Louis Vuitton.”

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“He has also paid $360 in fees to the dating website Sugar Daddy For Me, and consulted twice urologist Christopher Love, who claims to be “Australia’s foremost penile implant surgeon”.

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“He filed for protection from creditors in January during a bitter legal wrangle with his former business partners in a casino and fashion business, the Mawardi family”.

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“Mr Edelsten said he was not down to his last dollar but admitted he owed millions to the Australian Taxation Office, thousands to the Etihad Stadium for a corporate box at the footy, and $8000 to a Gold Coast real estate agent.”

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“I expect if the bankruptcy trustee does his job all of them will be paid,” he said.

“He said he had returned his leased car to Mercedes- Benz last week to help slash his bills, but a kind “friend” loaned him a similar model.”

“Only two years ago Mr Edelsten boasted he was worth $64 million, with the majority of his wealth held in the secretive Norman South Trust.”

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“But on September 3 his US bankruptcy trustee moved to seize control over his Australian assets – of which he claims he has very few.”

“The Trust owns an apartment at the Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast, a Sydney luxury apartment worth $1.2 million and a factory in Melbourne – but it could be out of the reach of his creditors. Mr Edelsten has transferred control of the trust to two friends.”

“The Mawardi family lawyers have told the court they believe these “friends” are paying his bills.”

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“Mr Edelsten claims his US assets include a share of a casino in the Dominican Republic – supposedly worth $2.5 million, an adjacent hotel and beachfront land, commercial properties in Florida and $2 million from the sale of his private jet. It is not known what has happened to a fleet of 25 cars Mr Edelsten boasted he owned two years ago.”

“The Mawardi family believe Mr Edelsten still owns some luxury cars, but he says they are mistaken.”

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“He is due to appear in the US Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Florida next month to answer accusations that he committed criminal contempt of court by placing a caveat on his luxury Melbourne apartment. Mr Edelsten doesn’t deny taking out the caveat in July but said he withdrew it days later.”

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EDELSTEN’S CREDIT CARD SPENDING

* Legal fees total, January-August 2014: $553,835

* Flights/travel total, July 2013-May 2014: $144,447 – mostly business-class flights to the US with Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Etihad, American Airlines, Virgin, US Airways

* Hotels total, July 2013-May 2014: $73,439 – includes $15,630 spent at Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, on February 9, 2014, and $9429 spent at Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills on April 4, 2014, also stayed at Plaza Athenee Hotel in New York, and Westin Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale

* Fashion total, July 2013-May 2014: $44,215 – includes $12,711 at Tom Ford in Beverly Hills in April 2014, $7,900 at Louis Vuitton in Melbourne in August 2014, $4,041 at BCBG MaxAzria in Beverly Hills in January 2014, $3809 at BCBG MaxAzria in Aventura Florid in September 2013. Also shopped at Chanel in New York, Yves Saint Laurent (Beverly Hills) and Prada (Beverly Hills), Victoria Secret, La Perla and Mimco

* Restaurants total, July 2013-May 2014: $37,659 – includes $24,000 at Sandringham Yacht Club in December 2013 and $4571 at Barneys New York restaurant in April 2014, dinner at celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant “Cut” within Beverly Wilshire

* Parking total, July 2013-May 2014: $29,941

* Entertainment total, July 2013-May 2014,$18,000 (AFL corporate box at Etihad Stadium, Carlton Football Club, Gold Class movies, Ticketek, magazines, website subscriptions), April 2014 paid $6154 to Carlton Football Club,

* Paid $41.91 to Cyprus-based dating website Lonely Hearts Meet.com in October 2013 and $40 to Cyprus based dating website Cougarlife.com in October 2013 and again in November 2013, monthly subscription to Sugar Daddy For Me website costs $59/month

* Beauty total, July 2013-May 2014: $8953 – includes $1550 for treatments at Adore spa in Beverly Hills in February 2014.

* Hairdressing at Telleish Hair Studio, Port Melbourne cost $1375 in November 2013 – includes online beauty/anti-ageing treatments and day spa treatments

* Healthtotal, July 2013- August 2014: $21,500 – urologist, eye surgeon, dentist, cardiologist, psychiatrist, pharmacy

* Dentist, $19,800 in October 2013

* Dr Christopher Love, urologist and penile implant surgeon $100 in August 2013 and $100 in March 2014

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ASSETS: WHAT HAS GONE

* Mercedes-Benz CL65 (2007 model) was leased and returned to Mercedes-Benz last week. A friend has given him a Mercedes SL350 (2007 model) to drive instead

* Sunseeker Predator (68-ft) motor boat, bought for $2.97m in Ma7 2007

* private jet – a Challenger 601-3A – worth $4 million – has been sold (it was owned by Edelsten’s US company N770GE LLC)

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WHAT THE NORMAN SOUTH TRUST OWNS

* Apartment where Edelsten lives, at 181 Exhibition St, Melbourne

* Sydney apartment at Quay West building (rented out short term)

* House in Macquarie Fields, NSW

* Apartment in Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast.

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EDELSTEN’S TRAVELS

August 2013 – Los Angeles/Las Vegas and Jakarta

September 2013 – Florida

November 2013 – Dallas/Fort Worth

January 2014 – Florida/Ohio/Los Angeles

February 2014 – Los Angeles/Ohio

March 2014 – Los Angeles/Ohio

April 2014 – Los Angeles/New York/Las Vegas

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