Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gatto hired in Edelsten divorce stoush

Happier times: Geoffrey and Brynne Edelsten on their wedding day in 2009. Happier times: Geoffrey and Brynne Edelsten on their wedding day in 2009. Photo: Great Expectations Foundation Ltd

Feared debt collector Mick Gatto has been hired to "remind" Geoffrey Edelsten of his financial obligations to ex-partner Brynne as the former couple wage an increasingly bitter fight over their marital fortune.

The Sunday Age can reveal that the former Carlton Crew boss and an associate paid a visit to Mr Edelsten at his Melbourne CBD office to tell him that Brynne expected to receive a settlement worth at least $10 million.

The meeting came after the couple's protracted separation has repeatedly erupted in a media slanging match between Brynne, the controversial businessman and his new beau Gabi Grecko, which has seen the trio publicly trading insults and accusations of infidelity.

Former Carlton Crew boss Mick Gatto, who has been ensuring that Geoffrey Edelsten is "aware" of his "responsibilities". Former Carlton Crew boss Mick Gatto, who has been ensuring that Geoffrey Edelsten is "aware" of his "responsibilities". Photo: Patrick Scala

The dispute has also festered amid claims Mr Edelsten – who is facing bankruptcy in Australia and the United States – has continued to spend lavishly on himself but allegedly withheld financial support from Brynne, including seeking to have her car repossessed.

"Geoff was quite happy to assist but he's not really in a good financial position right now," Mr Gatto said. "But he is aware he's got responsibilities that have to be taken care of."

Mr Gatto declined to comment on the settlement amount that was requested or the identity of the person who contracted his services.

But a source said that Mr Gatto, who has established a reputation as one of the city's most prominent and feared debt collectors, was approached by a "friend" close to Brynne and her new boyfriend, professional weightlifter Big Red Ra.

Mr Edelsten and Brynne, who were married in a $3 million ceremony at Crown Casino in 2009, are currently in a legal fight over the distribution of Mr Edelsten's property holdings.

Mr Edelsten declined to comment. "I am unable to comment given mediation with Brynne is confidential," he said.

A representative of Brynne did not respond to a request for comment.

theage.com.au 28 Sep 2014

Another legal farce supported by the (government sponsored) corporate media.

Debt collection in Australia is unlawful, having no basis for its existence under contract law.

Mick Gatto, shot dead Anthony Veniamin in a restaurant in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton, which the corrupt judicial system enabled him to walk away with murder, using an unregistered firearm.

Geoffrey Edelsten is a criminal hiring another criminal to extort monies with full support of the law.

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