MOKBEL PARTNER IN NURSING HOME PROBE

Tuesday February 12 2013
– Tony Mokbel’s business partner Jack Smit is involved with a troubled nursing home empire at the centre of investigations by the Department of Health and the Federal Police.

Company documents show that Mr Smit is a director of a company that ultimately holds an interest in the Woodhaven Lodge nursing home in Croydon North.

Woodhaven is one of the five aged care centres in the Cambridge Aged Care Group associated with Stephen George Snowden, who allegedly paid himself more than $1 million of the group’s money in a single day.

The federal Department of Health has expressed serious concerns about the quality of care Cambridge provides to its 318 residents and has been monitoring the group for a year.

Mr Smit was Tony Mokbel’s business partner in the 1990s as the drug kingpin amassed a multi-million-dollar property empire that included a pub, pizza shop and a horse stud.

Late last year Mr Smit emerged with control of a beleaguered Essendon property development, telling a court in September he wanted to help Mokbel’s former girlfriend, Danielle McGuire, who was involved with the project.

Mr Snowden is the sole director of Temasek Properties, which is ultimately owned by Mr Smit through his company Smit Realty. Despite its name, the company appears to be unrelated to Singaporean investment giant Temasek.

A report as to the financial affairs of Temasek Properties, filed when the company ran into financial trouble in October last year, shows it claimed an interest worth $2.348 million in the Maroondah Highway property on which Woodhaven stands.

However, the nature of that interest was unclear on Monday as title searches show the company is not the registered owner of the land.

Company documents lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission show companies associated with Mr Snowden hit financial trouble last year. Temasek Properties was put into liquidation on October 1st owing creditors, including another of Mr Snowden’s companies, $3.85 million. However, it was handed back to Mr Snowden a fortnight later because no one turned up to a creditor’s meeting.

Mr Snowden and Mr Smit could not be reached on Monday – Ben Butler & Vince Chadwick

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About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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