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Queensland bikies use lawyers, money men to enforce drug debts

February 7, 2014

QUEENSLAND'S most feared bikie gang has been using lawyers and crooked money men to enforce drug debts, The Courier-Mail can reveal.

Court documents filed under proceeds of crime laws name the legal figures and financiers who police allege helped Hells Angels become loan sharks to profit from junkies, dealers and business associates in their grip.

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The documents state some terrified debtors banked on injury claims to repay debts, with the bikies and their lawyers slapping "mortgages" on their payouts, homes and even the houses of relatives.

The court claims by police come as the Newman Government turns its anti-bikie blowtorch on the white-collar professionals it says are enabling the gangs' enterprises.

A landmark proceeds-of-crime action against accused Hells Angels ice traffickers alleges they exploited family ties to commercial lawyers to set up exorbitant loans and recover debts for themselves and their gang.

The traffickers' network includes their brother-in-law Michael Kemp, a partner in the law firm Rostron Carlyle.

The documents allege Mr Kemp helped a customer of the drug ring pursue a compensation claim to repay a $67,000 drug debt.

The drug customer, Steve Zaini, claims he returned to Mr Kemp's firm after the Da Silvas' arrest last October to ask about his injury claim, but was told to take it elsewhere.

A relative of the traffickers is also accused in the documents of drawing up loan paperwork through her firm Insight Law.

The documents include claims Paul Crowley, a disgraced ex-solicitor who did jail time for fraud, brokered the loans with money lender Raymond John Campbell.

The bikie traffickers' alleged marks include former professional golf champion Darren Rudkin who, while waiting for a $1 million-plus injury payout, took a $40,000 loan at 120 per cent a year directly from "the Red and White Motorcycle Club Inc", which is also known as Hells Angels, the documents say.

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Source: Legal Monitor Worldwide

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