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Hells Angels accused of debt collecting for packaging group

Posted by: 3AW News | 14 May, 2012 - 8:15 AM
Hells Angels bikies are allegedly acting as debt collectors

Police say they're aware of claims that bikie gangs and underworld figures are acting as debt collectors.

It is being reported that bikies moved into the industry after the state government last year scrapped the need for debt collectors to be licensed.

The head of bikie gang Taskforce Echo, Superintendent Gerry Ryan, says police would act swiftly - if any evidence emerged.

"That is one of the areas that we identified that was a problem in the past, we don’t see it as a problem currently, but if anyone has got any information we are only too pleased to hear from them" he told 3AW News.

The Herald Sun has reported that Hells Angels Bikies are acting as debt collectors for multibillion dollar packaging group VISY, but the company told the paper that those allegations are false.

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The Visy-Hells Angels connection

Angels HINCH: "I must admit I read the story about Visy and connections to the Hell’s Angels and I thought: No sh*t, Sherlock...Back in 2009 Richard Pratt was linked to a convicted drug trafficker and the founder of a chapter of the Hell’s Angels bikie gang."

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  • Gee how stupid do you think we are police work together with the scum angels cause you can't trust either one of them their both into dirty work and corruption how dumb are the hells angels they recruit lebanese which are dumb and stupid too angels must be desperate lebos love showing off and ratt on eachother when the going gets tough so goes to show how unprofessional the cops and so called angels are there should be no such thing as bikies in our day and age if you can't sell drugs why are bikies legal

    John Monday 14 May, 2012 - 9:20 PM
  • The average punter would read this story and think,no.no not Visy they donate freely to worthy causes,etc.However, why else would one spread around vast amounts of philantrophic dollars if not to "Launder" one's name

    jgl Melb Monday 14 May, 2012 - 10:36 AM
  • Lots of companies get sick of dealing with deadbeats and sell off their debts to people who use 'less than subtle' methods to retrieve the money. If you think you owe a couple of dollars to the plumber or the local hardware store you're probably very, very wrong.

    Mylene Monday 14 May, 2012 - 10:20 AM
  • Send them to Canberra, maybe they can stop all the waste, squandering ,from all our politicians.

    janet p Monday 14 May, 2012 - 10:06 AM
  • Collecting debt is only one thing that Visy used the Hells Angels for. They used them to intimidate workers that threatened striking as well as collecting large amounts of outstanding cash, not only from the Footscray markets but some large customers.

    fred celco Monday 14 May, 2012 - 10:00 AM
  • If this story has even a slight ring of truth to it, what a sick state of affairs Victoria has become, literally. Look at how the authorities are fighting drug cartels in South America. And let's face it, these so-called "clubs" are just that, drug cartels. Nothing more, nothing less.

    We must use ANY and ALL appropriate force available to us to respond to this epidemic of Filth and Scum to crush them once and for all.

    Jason Monday 14 May, 2012 - 9:41 AM

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