Well, the the wacky Aussie with a proclivity for pulling his pecker out at the dinner table and a very intriguing link to Platinum Partners seems to have found himself in another pickle.
The former chief executive officer of a company linked to troubled hedge fund manager Platinum Partners was convicted of criminal tax fraud on Wednesday, New York's attorney general said in a statement.
Gary Mole, who led Glacial Energy Holdings Inc before it went bankrupt in 2014, pleaded guilty to diverting more than $18.5 million in taxable income from Glacial's New York unit to a mining business in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2006 through 2008.
And if you think that Congolese mining has a bad Q-rating, it's practically popular compared to how close Mole has come to the radioactivity that is Platinum Partners.
Platinum - whose top executives, including founder Mark Nordlicht, were arrested in December on charges of running a more than $1 billion investment fraud - started lending money to Glacial around 2010 and later took an ownership stake in the reseller of electricity and natural gas.
When Glacial went bankrupt, Platinum helped spin its assets into a new, similar company, Agera Energy LLC. Briarcliff Manor, New York-based Agera has been an investment of the Beechwood group of reinsurance companies, which have close historic links to Platinum.
Sadly, it seems like Mole will be legally forced to lay his dick against restaurants tables in Australia rom here on out, but if you'd like to know more about what put him there, we recommend this nice investigative piece by Reuters' (and Dealbreaker pal) Lawrence Delevingne.