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23 Jul 08 "Fractures" between Project Wickenby agencies denied

In a letter to the Australian newspaper on 22 July 2008, the Commissioner of Taxation, Michael D’Ascenzo and the Australian Crime Commission CEO, Alastair Milroy, denied the claim made in an article in the newspaper published that day that “serious fractures appear to have emerged” between the Project Wickenby agencies. The letter said that "nothing could be further from the truth. Cooperation between all Project Wickenby agencies, including the ATO and ACC, is at an unprecedented high level."

The letter also said: "The evidence of collaboration is in our current results. To date, Wickenby has raised $157 million in liabilities, collected over $70 million and restrained about $72 million from the proceeds of criminal activity. Together the Wickenby agencies currently have over 370 civil audits and 20 criminal investigations underway which will result in matters being placed before the courts. Further results are in the pipeline."

For a copy of the letter, go here

For a copy of the Australian newspaper article, "ATO's Paul Hogan probe to defy Operation Wickenby", go here

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