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AUSTRALIA’S youngest ever tax chief is behind bars after ­allegedly being caught with a wallet full of counterfeit cash, bank cards in different names and dodgy driver’s licences. Nick Petroulias, once the nation’s second most powerful tax official, appeared before Burwood Local Court as Michael Nicholas Felson earlier this week having been pulled over by police while driving his luxury black BMW X5.

Source: News Corp

Nation’s youngest ever tax chief behind bars after ­’being caught with wallet full of counterfeit cash’

When the officers stopped him in inner-west Sydney on June 20, the 50-year-old is alleged to have handed them a current New Zealand driver’s licence in the name of another alias, Nicholas James Piers.

Police will allege that inquiries revealed Piers was a permanent resident of Australia and allegedly had a number of aliases including Nick Petersen, Michael Felson as well as his real name — Nick Petroulias.

Under his various aliases he is alleged to have held one NSW driver’s licence, three Queensland licences, one from Victoria and another from Tasmania, only two of which were current. He has not been charged over those licences.

Once a Melbourne legal whiz-kid, Petroulias was made assistant commissioner of the Australian Taxation Office at the age of 30. In 2014 he was declared bankrupt with eye-watering estimated debts of $104 million.

On Tuesday he appeared in court via videolink from Silverwater Jail dressed in prison greens as he used his fingers to flatten the “comb-over” hiding his bald head.

Former Tax Office employee Nick Petroulias was once a legal whiz-kid.

Court documents show he has pleaded not guilty to knowingly possessing seven counterfeit Australian $50 bank notes and two counts of possessing bank cards with the intention of committing fraud. He was refused police bail on June 20 and refused bail in Burwood Local Court the next day.

His case has been adjourned to August 14 when the court was told he will make a fresh bail application.

Petroulias has become the highest-profile arrest so far of Strike Force Puma, set up to target high-risk drivers in the wake of the Christmas road tragedy that killed Home And Away star Jessica Falkholt and her family.

However, it is not known why he was pulled over in Burwood as police would not ­reveal any further information.

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  • DT 13/07/2018, 6:28 am

    Don’t worry about this.

    Indonesia is a very corrupt nation.

  • luk1955 13/07/2018, 6:32 am

    Don’t worry about this. Australia is a very corrupt nation, and the Tax Office, a division of the IRS, is a very corrupt tax office. It would be nice if all of us taxpayers get together and refuse to pay our taxes to support corrupt and criminal bureaucraps. But the government need not fear a citizen uprising. Won’t happen. Blah….

  • Popular Front 13/07/2018, 7:29 am

    Sucko. I love it when creeps like this get busted and hopefully he’ll be sentenced for much more than the usual three sets of tennis and a long boozy lunch, courtesy of his maaaates on the Bench.

  • Pensioner Pete 13/07/2018, 7:50 am

    I imagine this bloke will be approached by Labor to stand for PM in the not too distant future.

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 13/07/2018, 7:58 am

      A shoo in PP for he has all the requisite qualifications.

  • Clarion Call 13/07/2018, 9:43 am

    No doubt he’ll get slapped around furiously with a Woolies lettuce. Our wonderful injustice system will then give him home detention for about a month. That’s how it works. Justice comes in money grades: one to three. Three is for the likes of us mugs. This geezer will be a #1. Animal Farm (circa 2018).

  • Ozisceptic 13/07/2018, 9:50 am

    ok, have to be careful here. A medium level tax official told me ( some years ago ) he was very very concerned re certain solid investigations that had been stopped from above.
    And also concerns re a certain ethnic group that was disproportionally represented amongst clerical staff as a result of favourable recruiting. and an associated loss of a number of taxpayer files.

    • Joe Blogs 13/07/2018, 11:34 am

      Which do you prefer for breakfast: Bubble’n’squeak or Musli?

  • Biking Voter 13/07/2018, 11:01 am

    He was probably thrown under the bus by someone higher up for not playing by the rules.

    • luk1955 13/07/2018, 8:24 pm

      He was about as high up as you can get.

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