The Queensland Police are finally investigating Larry Pickering for major fraud estimated to be at least $15 million. Pickering has been a criminal on the run for many years but his time looks like it is up with reports that police questioned him last week about his sports betting software scams. Below is smoking gun evidence of Pickering on tape deceiving a court pretending to be a Mr Paul Perry which should see him do some jail time by itself.
I’ve been given a confirmed tip that the Queensland Police Fraud Squad have been traveling interstate to interview witnesses. There is a truck load of evidence to convict Pickering and he should have been charged at least 4 years ago when the police were handed a huge file of evidence by investigator Ken Gamble.
The Daily Telegraph reported last week:
FRAUD Squad detectives have reopened the investigation into cartoonist Larry Pickering and his involvement in a sports trading company called Cohen Strachan Investments that collapsed owing millions.
Queensland Police are going back over the original files and are understood to have quizzed the 72-year-old political satirist at his Gold Coast home last week.
Pickering helped set up CSI, a sports arbitrage company selling software to punters guaranteeing big returns from supposedly sure bets.
The company went bust leaving more than 100 investors without their life savings, valued at millions of dollars. (Click here to read more)
Why have the police re-opened the case and why was it closed in the first place when they have so much evidence? It has been known for years that Pickering has been running scams and I wrote an extensive article in August 2012 titled: “Larry Pickering who ripped off $15 million in a betting software scam claims to be investigating Julia Gillard for the AWU fraud scam.” (Click here to read)
Rumor says it was re-opened because of pressure from Malcolm Turnbull. I have to wonder if that is true but something made the police re-open it. Whatever it was it’s about time.
There are two video’s below that tell the story of the evidence. The first one is a Channel 9 story from 2011 and the second one is from a small claims court in Gosford in 2012. I wrote how Pickering’s scams worked in 2012 and I have copied that below as it is the same now.
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.
Mr Pickering refuses to answer the reporter’s questions in relation to allegations that he was involved in a major fraud involving millions of dollars. 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) 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.
Smoking Gun tape – Pickering caught pretending to be Paul Perry
Larry Pickering has ripped off hundreds of people if not thousands over the years and one of them was Ricky Partington who took him to a small claims court in Gosford NSW in 2012 in an attempt to recover $17,600.
Mr Partington was in court in person and Pickering was on the phone using his alias Paul Perry. (Click here to read the judgment) Larry Pickering has said he had nothing to do with the scams but there are many witnesses including former employees who say that Pickering used the alias Paul Perry when conducting his scams over the phone.
The below tape goes one step further because you can actually hear Pickering pretending to be Paul Perry on a tape recording of the small claims hearing. The tape was bought legally by Mr Partington as the small claims court sell the recordings and/or transcript. With witnesses it is Pickering’s word against theirs. But with tape there is no room for Pickering to tell his lies.
In the recording below you hear Mr Partington talk and then at the 1 minute and 40 seconds mark you hear the Judicial Officer say. “Mr Perry have you heard all that.”
Judicial Officer: “I am now going to ask Mr Perry some questions.” And then you hear Larry Pickering talk again.
(Click anywhere on the above video to watch)
Larry’s son Jamie Pickering was committed to stand trial in March for supplying cocaine to four teenage girls. (Click here to read more) A real classy family by the looks.
The fact that Larry Pickering has failed to make any public statement given he was interviewed by the police a week ago is quite telling. If he isn’t charged this time something is still badly wrong with the Queensland Police force.
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