- Report: #1091524
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Complaint Review: JASON MURAKAMI
JASON MURAKAMILevel 1, 16 Nerang Street, Southport, QLD, 4215 , Select State/Province Australia
JASON MURAKAMI NYST LAWYERS, Murakami supplies illegal drug Ice to girlfriend and money laundring Gold Coast, Australia
Jason Murakami is soon to be charged by Police with supplying the illegal drug ICE to his girlfriend. He is also under investigation by the Crime and Misconduct Commission for Money Laundering. His partner CHRIS NYST is also soon to be charged with money laundering. They face up to 20 years in prison.
They are both known associates of Melbourne under world figure Mick Gatto. They have been able to keep their names out of the Gold Cost Bulletin newspaper until now as Nyst was a columnist for the paper and Murakami was a former journalist with the paper...but now there is a new editor there all will soon be revealed.
A GOLD Coast law firm is under investigation for alleged money laundering and accepting large amounts of cash from a known crime family. [continued below]....
Two separate complaints have been made from clients and it is understood all staff from the firm have been interviewed by investigators from the Crime and Misconduct Commission.
At least one staff member has been charged and will face a Brisbane court next month.
The lawyers who are subject to the probe have not been charged and continue to practise.
Insiders say criminal charges are likely and will rock the Gold Coast legal community.
The probe also involves a high-profile Brisbane firm and relates to tens of thousands of dollars paid in advance by the clients to retain the lawyers.
It is understood the money was paid in large, structured transactions paid in instalments of less than $10,000 to circumvent requirements under the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre.
The firm is alleged to have accepted the cash, believed to be direct proceeds of crime.
It is understood some of the alleged structured deposits were put into the firm's general account and not a trust account, as required by law.
It is believed that, at times, some payments were split, ensuring each amount was below $10,000.
Under the Financial Transaction Reports Act, solicitors have an obligation to report significant cash transactions.
The Act states that a significant cash injection is the transfer of $10,000 or more and includes banking amounts of currency which, when aggregated, is $10,000 or more.
The CMC has refused to confirm or deny if it was investigating a criminal matter.
Trust accounts are heavily regulated and have reporting obligations. Lawyers have a duty to be assured the funds are not tainted. The cash can only be withdrawn with a client's authority, or after a lawyer has issued the client with a bill.
A Queensland Law Society spokesman said every law practice that operated a trust account appointed an external examiner to review the account annually.
"Most law practices operate a separate bank account in relation to their business, commonly referred to as the firm's general account," she said.
"These general accounts are subject to review during investigations undertaken by the society to ensure that trust money has not been incorrectly received into the general account."
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