McMahon to appeal fraud charges

CONVICTED Casino confidence trickster Paul Joseph McMahon has yet to file an appeal to his fraud conviction, but is likely to do so soon, it is understood.

McMahon, formerly of Casino and Byron Bay, pleaded guilty to 41 counts of identity fraud and 39 counts of tax fraud.

He was sentenced in September to six years’ jail with a non-parole period of four years.

McMahon, who is now in Grafton jail, has filed an intent to appeal, but it is understood he has yet to appoint a lawyer to conduct the appeal.

A 1999 special investigation into McMahon by The Northern Star revealed that the declared bankrupt had accumulated debts of more than $45 million to businesses across the North Coast.

A series of articles published over the last few days revealed many businesses and innocent people were still literally paying the price of knowing him.

In sentencing McMahon, Judge Robyn Tupman described him as an unreliable witness who sought to deflect his own wrong-doing as the mistakes of others.

“I found him to be a person who can be best described by the Australian idiom as a ‘con man’ or confidence trickster,” Judge Tupman said.

She said McMahon’s modus operandi was to acquire dormant companies using false identities or identities of unsuspecting colleagues, including dead children, then McMahon or others under his direction would lodge false claims.

“His prospects of rehabilitation in reality it seems to me are difficult to ascertain,” Judge Tupman said.

“He is a very intelligent man whose very intelligence was part of the reason he was able to commit these offences in the systematic way he did.”

“His prospects of rehabilitation would be greatly improved if he were never permitted to operate a business himself again and certainly not ever permitted to operate as a company director.”

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