Crikey Worm

May 19, 2017

Crikey Worm: ATO scandal widens, refugee surveillance and Roger Ailes dead at 77

The fallout from the alleged $165 million tax scam continues, refugees always under surveillance on Manus, and TPG to appear at the Senate media inquiry. It's the news you need to know, by Charlie Lewis and Max Chalmers.

Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis



The fallout continues from what's being called the biggest white collar crime in Australian history. Raids yesterday by 300 Australian Federal Police on 28 premises led to nine arrests -- including two children of a deputy commissioner -- and revealed an alleged tax fraud syndicate worth $165 million. 

The Australian calls it an "unprecedented crisis" for the Australian Tax Office, with Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston facing two charges of abusing his power to seek information about an investigation into tax fraud by his son, Adam Cranston, while also detailing the "fast cars, luxury properties, ­expen­sive watches and guns" the syndicate accrued. The Australian Financial Review records the tax industry "shock" over the ATO veteran of 35 years pending arrest.

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