BIKIE bosses are to face unprecedented scrutiny from the taxman over their unexplained wealth.
Several prosecutions connected to the financial affairs of high-profile bikie figures — including Comanchero MC national president Mick Murray — are currently before the courts.
The Australian Federal Police and the Australian Taxation Office are working together in several investigations under the Serious Financial Crime Taskforce, to disrupt “organised crime”.
Key targets in Melbourne are being investigated for their unexplained wealth.
Mongols bikie Toby Mitchell is one outlaw bikie whose lifestyle has raised eyebrows in recent months.
His social media feed gives every indication he is living the high life.
It shows his penthousestyle high-rise pad in Melbourne’s CBD as well as high-priced cars and motorcycles.
It is unclear which of these he owns, but one of them is a Ford Mustang with the number plate EN4SER.
Luxury holidays and outings at major sporting events are also documented by the former Bandidos strongman.
City of Ink tattoo parlour operator and close friend Jake King has publicly stated Mitchell has no stake in the business.
The ATO has in the past used individuals’ assets as evidence of income.
A tax bill would then be prepared based on an assessment of those assets.
Other outlaw motorcycle club figures have in the past been levied with heavy bills.
Comanchero boss Murray is currently dealing with a multimillion-dollar bill.
A wealthy Russian woman linked to the Comanchero MC was also given a $34 million bill based on her accumulation of a big property portfolio.
The AFP declined to comment on which individuals were currently under investigation.
“The ATO has a presence in AFP specialised organised crime teams, including the National Anti-Gangs Squad and Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce,” an AFP spokeswoman said
“It would be inappropriate for the AFP to comment on any current or active investigations at this time.”