Perth household’s alleged Freo Ports rort blows out to $5m as contractors hit with new expenses

An investigation into corruption at Fremantle Ports has uncovered greater than $5 million of tax payers’ cash allegedly transferred abroad by a Perth household by means of a pretend invoicing scheme – 5 instances the quantity initially thought.

Former supervisor on the port authority, Giacomo Merolla, his spouse Daniela and two kids Paola, 23, and Tiziana, 28, had been charged with cash laundering in June following a probe by WA Police’s monetary crimes squad.

Daniela and Giacomo Merolla with their daughter Tiziana (left).

Daniela and Giacomo Merolla with their daughter Tiziana (left). Credit score:Fb

The mother and father allegedly fled abroad to South Africa in March after realising auditors employed by the port authority had uncovered the rip-off. Their kids stay in Perth and intend to combat the costs.

The unique rort was estimated to be round $1 million, however ongoing investigations have allegedly uncovered about $5.2 million siphoned out of the authority into abroad financial institution accounts linked to shelf firms allegedly created by Giacomo Merolla.