by Phil Hingston
You can’t make this s–t up.
Aussie taxpayers and citizens have, in the last days, been exposed to a bona fide Australian Swamp Critter. None other than the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation, Michael Cranston. He has been charged with being involved in a tax fraud perpetrated by his son, daughter and various unnamed individuals, amounting in total to around $165million.
Evidently, an additional 4 unnamed Australian Tax Office officials have also been summonsed to court to “please explain” why they too should not be sent to prison.
Michael Cranston: Deputy Commissioner of Taxation
Michael Cranston worked at the Australian Taxation Office for over 30 years. Part of his bio is as follows:
“Michael joined the ATO in 1977. He has worked as Deputy Commissioner Case Leadership, Deputy Commissioner Serious Non-Compliance focusing on serious abuses of the tax system.”
Talk about the Fox guarding the hen house!!
The loot appears to include 18 houses, a couple of aeroplanes, 12 motor bikes, 25 cars, $15 million dollars in cash, over 100 bank accounts, jewellery, art and firearms??,(why do they need firearms), vintage wines and a luxurious lifestyle only afforded by “The Elite.” The son, Adam was arrested in Bondi and his sister, Lauren, was arrested at her country estate at Picton, just outside Sydney.
Not a bad haul.
In fairness to Mr. Cranston, it is being implied by The Guardian that he was only trying to access information about the investigation of his son’s activities — and that he was not a party to the fraud.
“Our ABC” puts it like this:
“Michael Cranston will be charged with abusing his position as a public official relating to the fraud, although he is not believed to be a conspirator. Adam Cranston, 30, was arrested at his flat in the affluent beach suburb of Bondi and has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the Commonwealth.”
Yeah right. As if dad wouldn’t have noticed that junior was accumulating seriously expensive toys, houses and planes.
And his son seemed to have an unending supply of available cash at his disposal. If you seriously believe that, I have a bridge for sale in Kathmandu!!
These reprobates however, made a serious miscalculation. Whilst the government and other members of the Australian Swamp are more than happy to loot the Australian taxpayers and citizens, heaven help anyone who “defrauds” the Australian government.
“Just us” has been served.