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Australia’s youngest ever tax chief ‘caught with counterfeit cash, bank cards and driver’s licences’

Australia’s youngest ever tax boss was allegedly caught carrying counterfeit cash and bank cards and driver’s licences under a variety of aliases.

Nick Petroulias, 50, appeared before Burwood Local Court via videolink from Sydney’s Silverwater jail on Tuesday.

He was refused bail on June 20 after being arrested in his black BMW X5 in the city’s inner west by officers from Strike Force Puma, and again a day later.

Australia’s youngest ever tax boss Nick Petroulias (pictured in 2001) was allegedly caught carrying counterfeit cash and bank cards and driver’s licences under a variety of aliases

Puma was set up after the tragic road deaths of Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt and her family to target drivers who pose a threat to the community.

Petroulias, appearing under the alias Michael Nicholas Felson, pleaded not guilty to knowingly possessing seven counterfeit Australian $50 bank notes.

Court documents state he also pleaded not guilty to two counts of possessing bank cards with the intention of committing fraud, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Petroulias allegedly showed police a New Zealand driver’s licence in the name of Nicholas James Piers when he was pulled over.

Petroulias (pictured in 2008) was refused bail on June 20 after being arrested in his black BMW X5 in the city's inner west by officers from Strike Force Puma

Petroulias (pictured in 2008) was refused bail on June 20 after being arrested in his black BMW X5 in the city’s inner west by officers from Strike Force Puma

Police allege an investigation revealed Petroulias was a permanent Australian resident, and allegedly had several aliases, including Michael Felson.

Petroulias allegedly held driver’s licences from New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, and three from Queensland. 

He has not been charged over the licences.

After making headlines for becoming the youngest-ever assistant commissioner of the Australian Tax Office at age 30, Petroulias ended up bankrupt in 2014.

The matter was adjourned to August 14, where Petroulias is expected to again apply for bail. 

Petroulias was jailed for defrauding the tax office in 2008, and released from prison in 2010.

Petroulias, 50, appeared before Burwood Local Court (pictured, stock image) via videolink from Sydney's Silverwater jail on Tuesday

Petroulias, 50, appeared before Burwood Local Court (pictured, stock image) via videolink from Sydney’s Silverwater jail on Tuesday

 

 

 

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