Post: Alleged shadow director charged with failing to co-operate during liquidator’s public examination

Mr Paul Annesley of Bulla, Victoria, has appeared in the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court after being charged with failing to answer questions during a liquidator’s public examination.

Mr Annesley was summonsed to appear at a public examination at the Supreme Court of Victoria on 24 February 2017 on application of Mr Jason Stone and Mr Glen Franklin, of PKF Australia, who were appointed Liquidators (the Liquidators) of Fleurie Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) (the Company). The Liquidators sought to examine Mr Annesley about his involvement and knowledge about the affairs of the Company and believed he was a shadow director of the Company.

During the public examination, Mr Annesley allegedly refused to answer questions about the Company. Judicial Registrar Hetyey, who oversaw the public examination, warned Mr Annesley that he was required to answer the questions. Despite the warning, Mr Annesley allegedly continued to not answer questions.

Following the public examination, the matter was referred to ASIC for investigation. ASIC supported the liquidator by bringing charges for refusing to answer questions.

Mr Annesley first appeared on 7 May 2019. The matter has been adjourned to 4 June 2019.

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions is prosecuting the matter.

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