Larry Pickering is well-known for being a fraudster, scam artist and con man who’s latest scam cost people an estimated $15 million. Pickering refuses to answer questions on the matter except for a basic denial. This is the guy who claims he is investigating Julia Gillard in the AWU fraud scam from the 1990’s.
The reality is that Larry Pickering is working his next scam and a lot of suckers are being drawn in and even a few in the media. The real danger here is that the only thing going for Julia Gillard is Larry Pickering. It gives Julia Gillard an easy way out of the mess as she can just refer to the lies and sleaze, Gillard being pregnant and having an abortion and being a lesbian, in Pickering’s reporting and his own dodgy background in running scams.
I flagged this 4 weeks ago in a post and also said that Pickering was full of lies and that I would be doing another post on him (Click here to read the post) The sleaze factor in Pickering’s reporting will turn a lot of people off and his lies blur everything. This is already happening, on Friday a main stream reporter with News Ltd, Peter van Onselen, referred to Pickering as a reason of why he will not report on the Gillard AWU fraud. (Click here to read)
Over the last couple of months Mr Pickering has been doing posts on his Facebook page and his website and another he set up about a month ago. A lot of the content of the posts are sleazy sexual innuendo and have no relevance to the AWU fraud and the posts are full of lies. In an interview on 3aw with Derryn Hinch in the last few days Mr Pickering admitted he was using a creative license in the posts and “adding color” as he said. So where the lies stop and truth begins no one knows. But below we will have a look at some of the lies.
A couple of months ago he claimed he was threatened with banning from Facebook in relation to a post he did on Julia Gillard and the AWU, for which he blames Gillard and he claims his new website has come under attack, which at the time of writing this is currently down.
There are a number of problems with Mr Pickering’s claims. Firstly, why have no other sites been attacked or threatened? This website and others have been reporting on Julia Gillard and the AWU fraud since last year and have never had a problem. (Click here to read the posts) If he was threatened by Facebook in relation to a story he did on Julia Gillard and the AWU why has he been able to publish numerous other stories on Facebook on the same topic which are a lot more disgusting than the first one?
In one post Pickering says this “The mainstream Press won’t touch this for fear of Gillard’s retribution. She has made that open and clear. I have been warned not to persist with this story. I told them to get f*****d so I fully expect to get bashed myself now, but little do the union hoods know who I know. Good luck boys! Do you want my address?”
It sounds like a b-grade movie script and why has no one else been threatened, just Mr Pickering? The banning and threats and attacks on his sites have been going viral on Twitter, Facebook, online forums and email which makes a lot of good free advertising which helps explain Mr Pickering’s lies. To tell people his sites are under attack is nothing more than an advertising strategy.
But let’s have a look at Mr Pickering’s scamming history first.
How the Larry Pickering scam worked.
Mr Pickering’s $15 million betting scam was done through a company called Cohen Strachan Investments. As you will see in the video below Mr Pickering refused to answer questions when A Current Affair tried to interview him in October 2011. He just stayed in his house and would not come out to be interviewed. Pickering had other people appointed as the directors but he was the man who owned it. Larry Pickering worked at the company himself and used the name Paul Perry when he was trying to sell to investors.
In the video Mr Pickering refuses to answer questions in relation to allegations that he was involved in a major fraud involving millions of dollars. Yet he does a big song and dance about Julia Gillard refusing to answer questions. In the video ACA cut back to a previous story done years ago where Larry Pickering admits being involved in a previous scam selling software that predicts winners in horse races. So why did he get involved in another scam. He has been doing the scams for years. Google Larry Pickering scam or Larry Pickering fraud and you will see.
Mr Pickering told News Ltd in relation to his involvement it’s “not true” “I don’t know where all this comes from” “It is rubbish.” But Pickering did admit that he helped set up Cohen Strachan Investments (CSI) 5 years ago. (Click here to read the article) Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Julia Gillard set up the organisation that her then partner Bruce Wilson used to funnel money through but Gillard says she did not know what the account was used for. The only thing left for Pickering to do is claim he was “young and naive” like Julia Gillard has when he set up CSI. He would have been 64 years old at the time so it would be a bit rich to claim he was young and naive but knowing Pickering that will not stop him.
Lies in the Pickering Posts
About two months ago it was reported that Pickering was banned for three days for putting a pornographic picture of Julia Gillard on Facebook. This is probably true and was reported by News Ltd. although they did not give all the graphic details like the strap-on Gillard was wearing in his cartoon (Click here to read) A few days later Pickering did a post on one of his websites about Julia Gillard closing down the reporting of her past. It looked like a summarised version of a post I did last year titled “Has Julia Gillard blackmailed the Media to cover-up her corrupt past? The Fairfax Media and News Corp scandal.” (Click here to read my post)
Pickering modified the post a number of times as he gained more information but it came to my attention early on as Pickering started saying he was threatened with banning from Facebook for putting the article on Facebook and the emails started going about the so-called threat and one landed in my inbox. I knew straight away it was suspicious. I looked at the post and it was full of lies. For example he wrote:
“News Ltd CEO, John Hartigan, resigned in disgust. Milne and Smith were sacked. Andrew Bolt was told to drop it. Radio commentators were warned to stay away. Blogs were spiked, stories pulled.”
No blogs were ever spiked. This site has always been up and this is the site that got the ball rolling last year. Other sites that have since reported on it have never been spiked. Andrew Bolt did pull down a couple of posts but that is it. And John Hartigan never resigned in disgust. It was his decision to stop News Ltd reporting on Julia Gillard’s past so why would he resign in disgust? From his own decision? Hartigan did resign but not until a few months later in November last year when Rupert Murdoch was in town. It was well-known and reported he was sacked and one of the reasons was because he buckled to Julia Gillard and closed down the reporting of her past. (Click here to read Pickering’s post)
Pickering goes on to say “An exposure of this was the threat that Gillard used against the then News Ltd CEO, John Hartigan, to kill the Wilson story.”
“A reliable source said Gillard was ‘incandescent’ with rage when she stormed into News Ltd Offices, after initially resorting to sobbing.”
Does anyone in this country really believe that Gillard would cry over something like this. She is tough as nails. And there was no storming of the News Ltd offices by her. The closing down of the reporting was done over the phone between her and John Hartigan and the editor of The Australian Chris Mitchell which I reported on. Pickering makes everything up and lies all over the place.
Sleaze in the Pickering posts
In one post titled “THE STORY GILLARD TRIED TO KILL” Pickering writes:
A cold shiver went up Gillard’s spine when she saw a recent cartoon depicting her as being pregnant to AWU fraudster, Bruce Wilson.
Not that a pregnancy, or even a termination at seven weeks, is significant. Her real concern was: If that is known, what the hell else is known?
What sort of sick person even writes that let alone draws a picture trying to make a joke of it. I heard the rumour six months ago and did not touch it. Who knows if it is true and even if it is true it is none of our business. If Julia Gillard had raised it then it is open for comment, but she has not nor would I expect her to. But even if she did raise it you do not make a joke of it in a cartoon like Pickering has.
What if Pickering did that to your mother or sister. What Pickering has done is taken the story of the AWU fraud into the gutter which will disgust most people.
On other posts Pickering says things like “It was a warm Sunday morning in Fitzroy in late 1992.
Bill Shorten and his lover Nicola Roxon had struggled out of bed late and were heading up Brunswick Street for breakfast when Bill noticed a couple they knew having coffee opposite.
They waved, crossed the road, and sat down with Julia Gillard and Bruce Wilson. The conversation concerned no more than the weather but Julia was overtly gesticulating with her left hand. It bore a sizable stone in a white gold ring. “You guys are engaged!” exclaimed Bill. Julia blushed. Nicola looked askance at Bruce.
Julia was excited, in love, and it showed. But Nicola was aware that Bruce was bedding a number of other women, and it showed too, as she lowered her head and glared at Wilson. Wilson was known in AWU circles as “Wilson the Rooter”.”
It sounds like some Mills and Boon novel. Pickering is making a joke of the whole thing. He also says in another post “Gillard openly experimented sexually with other women but her main calling was to men.” What has that got to do with the AWU fraud? Nothing. And where is the evidence?
With Pickering it is sex, sex and sex. It makes a mockery of the whole investigation that serious people are currently conducting and helps turn people off from the story.
The below picture helps understand Larry Pickering’s depravity and why he gets off on smut talk.
You might find the above photo disgusting but that is the point. No matter how disgusting you find it, what Mr Pickering has written and the drawing he did of Julia Gillard pregnant is a lot more disgusting. Where Mr Pickering was when the photo was taken I do not know. Maybe Mr Pickering would like to explain. It is a screen grab from the ACA story which is above.
Larry Pickering’s plagiarism – Mike Smith interviews with Alan Jones
Pickering plagiarised an interview that Mike Smith did with Alan Jones. Pickering did a post about 12 hours after the interview and said “Revelations exposed in The Pickering Post last week have been verified by sacked radio host, Michael Smith, to 2GB’s Alan Jones this morning.” and he then went on to rip off the whole interview as his own. The man will do anything.
Larry Pickering says he is working with Peter Faris QC
In the interview that Pickering did with Derryn Hinch s few days ago he says he is dealing with Peter Faris QC. I phoned Peter Faris to ask if this was true. He said he was not working or dealing with Pickering and it was not true what Pickering said. Peter Faris said he is working with Harry Nowicki who is writing a book about the AWB fraud. (Click here to listen to the interview)
Some questions for Larry Pickering
1. Who did you help to set up Cohen Strachan Investments?
2. Why did you set up CSI given that you had already set up scam years ago which you admitted on ACA?
3. An accountant, a former employee, a private investigator and numerous investors say you pretended to be Paul Perry and worked and owned CSI. Why do you deny this?
4. It says in the News Ltd report “He was made an undischarged bankrupt in August last year by his former de facto’s father George Luckardt” Why did he make you a bankrupt?
5. Why would you not answer questions or be interviewed by ACA?
6. How can you afford your lifestyle of an expensive house and car given you are a bankrupt?
7. Who threatened you to stop reporting on the Julia Gillard AWU fraud?
Of course I will have more follow-up questions once Mr Pickering answers the above. Maybe Derryn Hinch would like to put the above questions to Pickering.
QLD Police and why they have not charged Mr Pickering
Detective Superintendent Brian Hay is head of the Queensland Police Fraud Squad and a quick search of Google says he is a real media tart. He loves getting his head on TV and in the papers. He just doesn’t seem very good at doing his job. In the ACA show it says the police had done nothing even though they had a 250 report from the private investigator and many complaints for about six months. It is now well over a year and my understanding is they still have not done anything. So much so that Pickering who has been running the scams for years is still getting around and attracting attention to himself.
A quick google search corrupt QLD police came up with this “Queensland police tied to major drug trafficking” which starts off “THE biggest corruption scandal since the Fitzgerald inquiry, with claims of police in major drug trafficking, is set to rock the force.” “The allegations centre on the Gold Coast and are believed to concern some members of the Queensland Police Service”. Pickering lives on the Gold Coast so it might help explain why he has been able to get away with running scams for years if the local coppers are corrupt. (Click her to read)
Julia Gillard’s involvement in the AWU fraud is gathering pace in the media and elsewhere. Mike Smith is investigating and has done two interviews on the Alan Jones show recently, Robert McClelland mentioned her involvement in parliament recently, Hedley Thomas from The Australian has started reporting on the matter (Click here to read), The West Australian has done a story on it yesterday (Click here to read), Ralph Blewitt who was involved with the fraud is prepared to give statements to the police if he is given immunity, a Melbourne lawyer, Harry Nowicki, is writing a book on the matter and then add all the bloggers who have been writing about the matter.
Larry Pickering has added nothing to the investigation. More people are turned of by his sleaze and lies then who support him. Pickering’s habit of name dropping of who he is working with and spoken to drags them in with him and discredits them with his lies and sleaze.
What Pickering is up to who knows. The most likely he is building up a following of gullible people who would believe his dribble, the latest being site was under attack and has been taken down. Why have no other websites been taken down or attacked? Maybe the police somewhere are hot on his trail and he is getting all political so if he is charged he will claim is politically motivated. Maybe he is working for Labor. As I have said it gives Julia Gillard and easy out and one person in the media has already used the Pickering defence. But I suppose all will be revealed eventually.
But just remember if you support Pickering you are helping Julia Gillard because we have a person who refuses to answer questions in relation to a $15 million fraud claiming to be investigating Julia Gillard who was involved in a $1 million fraud. I have promoted many websites and bloggers on this site via links in my posts and would have been happy to promote Pickering. But he is nothing more than a common criminal.
I have set up a dedicated page for the Julia Gillard – Bruce Wilson AWU Fraud which is above on the menu bar which I will update when further information comes to hand. Please use that to put links to other reports. (Click here to go to the page)
Update: There is a story on the SMH site today which points to Pickering and discredits him thereby helping Julia Gillard. (Click here to read) It looks like it has well and truly started. Gillard has also issued a statement on denial again today. (Click here to read)
Update: Julia Gillard on Sky News refusing to answer questions on the AWU fraud matter. Worth watching to see her duck and weave on the questions. (Click here to watch)
Update: Michael Pascoe in the SMH has done a story today titled “Larry Pickering – the conman stalking Gillard” He references this website. (Click here to read)
Update 16/6/2013: The Age have run a story titled “Pickering faces new evidence over failed scheme” (Click here to read)
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