‘Threesome’ businessman’s sister accused of $6m fraud

 

THE sister of a millionaire Queensland businessman accused of asking a junior staffer for a "threesome" and whose company is at the centre of a NRL sponsorship controversy, has been accused of stealing more than $6 million from her family company.

Leesa San Gill, sister of Brett Thomas, managing director of Kingston-based TFH Hire Services (TFH), is being sued in the Supreme Court, accused of siphoning nearly $7m to herself and her husband from the family company.

TFH, and BJJLTE Pty Tld, which holds the assets of the group, have sued Leesa and her husband Gary Gill, accusing them of abusing their powers as senior executives to pocket the money over the past six years and using it to buy a multimillion-dollar property portfolio, then maintain and renovate the properties.

Leesa San Gill and her husband Gary Gill are being sued by the family company.
Leesa San Gill and her husband Gary Gill are being sued by the family company.

TFH has put caveats on the titles of the four properties, claiming TFH effectively owns a slice of them, court documents state.

The houses include their family home in Greenbank, purchased in 2005 then they built a five-bedroom home, two properties in the exclusive beachside enclave of Rankin parade Main Beach bought in 2012 and 2016, and a property in Park Ridge purchased in 2004.

The first Main Beach property was a three-bedroom waterside home purchased for $1.12m, and the second was a block of three waterside units for $1.85m.

Mieke and Brett Thomas. Picture: Regina King
Mieke and Brett Thomas. Picture: Regina King

TFH and the other company have asked the court to order that Mr and Mrs Gill reveal the profit they have made by taking the money. Mrs Gill is accused of receiving $6.55m and Mr Gill is accused of receiving $362,422 without authorisation.

Mrs Gill was the financial controller of the TFH group companies until July 2017 and is a one-quarter owner of TFH with her two brothers and father Owen.

Mrs Gill is accused of breaching her fiduciary duties to TFH while Mr Gill, who was director of operations of TFH group of companies, is accused of aiding and abetting the breaches of fiduciary duties, and being knowingly concerned in the breaches.

Mr Gill is accused of helping Mrs Gill by not telling TFH, or senior managers such as Brett, Owen or Leesa's brother Daniel, about the "fraudulent design".

In a separate unrelated legal case, filed in the Federal Court in Brisbane, Mrs Gill is one of several alleged key witnesses against her brother Brett in relation to claims that he made "insistent" requests that marketing manager Ashleigh Martinovic sit on his lap, or that of his wife Mieke Thomas.

Ms Gill says in court documents she found Brett and Mieke's request to be "extremely inappropriate".

Mr and Mrs Gill's lawyer in the alleged fraud case, Ron Behlau, did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

Mr Behlau filed an application in May to strike out TFH's claim arguing it fails to disclose a reasonable cause of action.

This application has not been heard by the court.

No court date has been set for hearing.



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