Senator Brett Mason.
Senator Brett Mason.

Senator outs con artist

A MAN who was involved in the setting up of a controversial international jockey school on the Tweed 12 years ago has come under fire under parliamentary privilege in the Senate over another business venture.

Patrick Shaun Wilson, who helped establish the Australian Racing Industry Training Centre at Tanglewood in 1999, was labelled “a disgrace” by Queensland Liberal Party Senator Brett Mason.

Senator Mason slammed the former bankrupt who allegedly left the Senator and a number of other high-profile business people out of pocket after a company which promised to produce a wonder drug for treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder went into administration with large debts.

The Tweed Daily News was unable to contact Mr Wilson, who was also involved in the controversial jockey school which was supposed to inject millions of dollars into Murwillum- bah and the town’s racecourse but later folded.

However he has told Brisbane media the claims in the Senate were “ridiculous” and “utter rubbish”.

Senator Mason, who lost $150,000 in the failed business deal with Mr Wilson, said he spoke under privilege about Mr Wilson as a “cautionary tale” for other investors.

“Patrick Wilson has conned real estate agents, businessmen, lawyers, shopkeepers, neighbours, retirees and others – ordinary people who have little recourse,” Senator Mason said.

“He has left a trail of bad debts around Brisbane.” When Mr Wilson was working to set up the international jockey school on the Tweed his past dealings with failed companies in New Zealand, the United States and Australia came under fire from a rival operator on the Gold Coast.

Senator Mason said Mr Wilson had held himself out to investors to be “an honest – if freewheeling – entrepreneur”, and that “mask only started to slip in late 2010, when one of the shareholders dug up a reference to Patrick Shaun Wilson in the Hansard of the Queensland Parliament of 10 March 1999”.

 

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Patrick Shaun Wilson started out as a loan shark in Auckland in the 1970s.

Later he saw an opportunity in breeding thoroughbred horses.

Wilson ran the Strathmore Group into the ground.

With the group in collapse, Wilson attempted to sell horses as assets of that company, which lawyers later discovered ‘had never existed; were not owned by that company; and to his knowledge were dead at the time of the agreement’.

After Wilson was exposed in New Zealand he fled to the US, where in 1990 he had a civil judgment of US$103,248 awarded against him in Kentucky.



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