- Bandidos informant granted refugee status by Canada after cover blown in Australia
- Bikie spy infiltrated police HQ
- Senior Canberra Rebels bikie jailed after police informant reveals key to encrypted text messages
- Inside the world's deadliest bikie gangs
- Seven months' jail for bikie informant
Bandidos informant granted refugee status by Canada after cover blown in AustraliaThank you for signing up. Sorry, it looks like an error occurred. There are reports that a bikie informant inside the NSW Police Force has allegedly leaked sensitive information about several criminal investigations, risking the safety of undercover police agents. A bikie informant inside the NSW Police Force has allegedly leaked sensitive information about several criminal investigations, risking the safety of undercover police agents. Fairfax says the infiltration of state and federal drug inquiries by the Comanchero bikie gang has been described as one of the worst cases of alleged corruption in the NSW Police in recent years. The information allegedly obtained by the bikies jeopardised the safety of undercover police operatives because it triggered suspicion in the gang about spying within its own ranks. Fairfax says that late last year NSW Police anti-corruption investigators charged the suspected informant, the police analyst Terry Gregoriou, with stealing three police documents. A joint investigation by Fairfax and the ABC into organised crime reveals that the alleged leaks occurred during one of Australia's most significant multi-agency criminal inquiries. Law enforcement sources said they suspected that associates of the Comancheros actively cultivated Mr Gregoriou to work for them while he simultaneously worked for the police. The Comancheros operate in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne, and some of the group's members are allegedly involved in organised crime activity, including drug trafficking and extortion. He will appear in Downing Centre court on Monday. Download our free app on the App Store or Google Play for the latest headlines and breaking news alerts. We love feedback: help us improve by rating the app and sharing your suggestions at apps sbs. Sign up now for the latest news from Australia and around the world direct to your inbox. Follow SBS News to join in the conversation and never miss the latest live updates. National deal green-lights production of 2, ventilators. Kumanjayi Walker shooting case adjourned over delays prompted by coronavirus. World Health Organisation calls for unity following stinging attack from Donald Trump. Why these Australians are sticking it out in New York during its worst week yet. Australia's coronavirus death toll rises to 51 after SA records third fatality. Bahrain commits to paying the salaries of its private sector workers.
Bikie spy infiltrated police HQ
Jason Warick. The government had argued to block the public release of the documents, but a judge disagreed. Organised crime detectives have executed a number of search warrants targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs and their associates. Merchant said they cut ties with Harder after he was no longer useful to them. They say one thing and do another. Neither the federal government nor the RCMP would comment on the statement, saying the matter is before the courts. Twenty people were eventually convicted, and a group linked to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was legally declared a criminal organization. The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and seven members have failed to have the attempt to seize three of their clubhouses thrown out of court. Harder and his wife and two kids were placed in witness protection but he was kicked out. Harder said in an interview earlier this year he should not have been kicked out of the program. He said he made mistakes, but none of them were serious enough to warrant ejection. He said RCMP failed to pay the agreed amounts for his testimony. He also said RCMP have not compensated him as promised for the loss of his business, home, vehicles and previous life back in the Saskatoon area. In its statement, the government details the origins of Project Forseti in Police were targeting biker gangs and other organized crime groups. Police say Harder agreed to become an informant if weapons charges against him were dropped. Harder secretly recorded months of meetings and deals, many of which took place in his Saskatoon workshop. Police eventually moved in and the Forseti arrests were made. Harder and his family were taken to a secret location. Harder and his family spent more than 16 months — Jan. They were not given new identities. That meant they could not go outside their home without taking precautions. The kids were home-schooled as they moved frequently. A day after a motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Schuylkill County his motorcycle club members continue to mourn his sudden loss. Harder and his family were eventually admitted to the program and housed in a more permanent location with new identities. Harder was flown back to Saskatoon several times to testify. He was escorted to the courthouse each time by several heavily armed police officers. The RCMP eventually served Harder with a notice he was being terminated from the program because of the stated violations. He was expelled May 22,according to the documents. Merchant said this case is about more than Noel Harder. Many local motorcycle riders are hoping stricter laws will alleviate some of that danger. So, this is a mistake by the RCMP. Like Like. This motherfucker was a piece of shit from the beginning. Never should have made it past being a hang-around, much less prospect and then full patch member. People need snitches like they need a nasty bunch of boils on their bodies accompanied by a severe rash. Keep your mouth shut take your punishment like a man. What goes around comes around punk. He should have taken the sentence never rat nobody likes a rat even the government oh yea they promise you cash help you with safe house but when your done even they turn you out so the club can get you an dont think they wont get you red an white black an white.
Senior Canberra Rebels bikie jailed after police informant reveals key to encrypted text messages
Stevan Utah was granted asylum as the first known refugee from Australia in a landmark claim. Russ Weninger, who represented one-time Australian Crime Commission ACC informant Stevan Utah in a landmark asylum claim, said damning findings by the Canadian Refugee board "should be embarrassing to Australian authorities". The ABC revealed on Monday that the tribunal found Australian authorities failed to adequately protect Mr Utah, after a press release by the crime commission inadvertently "outed" him as a registered informant. It also found the betrayal of Mr Utah, who is subject to active contracts for his killing, took place amid a "broader pattern" of witness protection failures "due to corruption, ineptness and structural difficulties" within the country's law enforcement. Mr Weninger said the findings of "widespread corruption" were a "black eye" to the country. The ACC's former witness protection chief, Roman Quaedvlieg, agreed that the revelations would discourage other informants from helping investigators who needed them more than ever, as crime groups increasingly hid their communications through encryption technology. Mr Weninger said it was "quite rare that a Canadian tribunal would find that there's corruption in law enforcement in another country such as Australia, [which is] considered to be one of the cream of the crop in terms of developed democracies". Mr Quaedvlieg would not confirm Mr Utah's involvement with the crime commission but said he had "some personal knowledge of enforcement matters" involving him before He worked at the agency while Mr Utah was its registered informant, leaving the ACC before Mr Utah was — according to the Canadian ruling — exposed to his bikie associates. Mr Weninger said if police in any country wanted informants to "assist them doing very, very dangerous jobs, they have to go to bat for them at the end of the day". They hung him out to dry. And if you have a reputation for doing that, you're not going to be able to attract quality informants," he said. Mr Quaedvlieg said he was not aware of the circumstances leading to Mr Utah gaining refugee protection. Former Australian Federal Police commander Phil Kowalick — whose academic study of problems within Australia's witness protection was cited in Mr Utah's hearing — told the ABC he disagreed with "any suggestion of corruption in witness protection". He said the issue of whether Mr Utah was treated fairly remained a "serious question". We're not likely to either, because of the secrecy provisions around the act," he said. Mr Weninger said the refugee hearing was also unusual because Mr Utah was allowed to address the tribunal in an "impassioned plea about how he didn't look like a refugee". The immigration lawyer said he was "shocked at first" to encounter an Australian claiming asylum in Canada, which was "unheard of". Mr Weninger said his client — a former soldier — was "a star witness, extremely intelligent and a bit of a control freak". A man who infiltrated the Bandidos bikie gang has become the first known refugee from Australia after an overseas tribunal found he was abandoned by local authorities who blew his cover. In a ruling that condemned the actions of Australian authorities, the IRB found the country failed to offer Mr Utah adequate protection amid a "broader pattern due to corruption, ineptitude and structural difficulties". It found Australia's top crime agency "outed the claimant as an informant" with a media release "divulging that they had a source" in the Bandidos. He has since spent more than a decade in hiding and legal limbo. The former soldier, who gave authorities information on serious crimes including murder, was a "significant target for the [Bandidos] leadership given his depth of knowledge and history with them and his subsequent betrayal", the IRB said. It referred to active contracts for Mr Utah's killing and expert testimony that Bandidos "would have had his murder arranged" had they known he was in Canada. His role with the ACC included leading investigators to the body of Victorian man Earl Mooring four years after his murder, which Mr Utah said he witnessed. Mr Utah told the ABC in a statement he was "pleased for Australia" that new anti-gang and corruption entities had formed since he fled. Australian National University international law expert Matthew Zagor said the refugee protection ruling on September 29 last year was unprecedented. He said Canada had a very thorough process for determining refugee and protection status. In a written judgment obtained by the ABC, IRB member Jodie Schmalzbauer found Mr Utah "established with 'clear and convincing evidence' the state's inability to provide operational adequate protection from the threat against him". Former detective Duncan McNab, who wrote a book about Mr Utah and gave evidence in the IRB hearing, said it was an extraordinary twist to a policing scandal that should never have happened. The ACC, who paid Mr Utah as a registered agent and gave him certain legal immunity while he operated inside the Bandidos, removed him from "protective custody" after his cover was blown.
Inside the world's deadliest bikie gangs
An undercover informant who lived inside America's three deadliest outlaw bikie gangs tells how he risked death every second for five years. The bad news is they're on their way here. Charles Falco, known as 'The Infiltrator' speaks about his life behind the California biker gangs collectively known as the Vagos. Courtesy:Fox Andrew Lozano, a member of the Vagos motorcycle gang, talks to a police officer after he was arrested in California in EVERY second for five years he risked discovery and certain death - being beaten until he was nearly dead, a bullet to his head and his body dumped in the desert. Charles Falco lived undercover inside America's deadliest bikie gangs among murderers, sociopaths and "meth heads". He chanced his life infiltrating three outlaw gangs, bringing violent bikie criminals to justice. Pic Source:AP. I could have been uncovered at any time. But going deep undercover as a means of escaping a prison sentence for drug dealing and addiction, Falco in turn became addicted to life inside the gangs. Three years after his ordeal as an informant for the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms ATFFalco says outlaw clubs which are fronts for organised crime gangs are in global expansion, and if they aren't already in Australia they are on their way. The ultra dangerous Mongols, who have just arrived in Australia, are "way, way more ruthless The Vagos, "mafia on wheels," are not yet in Australia "but you will have them soon, I can guarantee that". In the s he became addicted to the methamphetamine he was trafficking for Bulgarian mob dealers and was arrested for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute a commercial quantity of the drug. After two years as a street informant for the Drug Enforcement Agency, he "wanted to step up and do something even bigger". He hung around bars and was eventually accepted as a trainee, or prospect in the San Bernardino chapter of the Vagos, also known as the Green Nation or the Green Machine. Within months, Falco was living a double life as a fully fledged Vagos bikie and an undercover ATF informant. The Vagos had fights every week and Falco became know as "Quickdraw" for his rapid fisticuffs. Police officers arrest Andrew Lozano, of the Vagos motorcycle gang, and an unidentified woman in an early morning raid in Califo Source:AP. The Mongols Motorcycle Club logo. Inside the Mongols from tohe found similarities with the Vagos, "but they were much, much more violent". There might be cameras, but they'd walk right up and blow them away. Falco's chapter concentrated on dealing in methamphetamine and cocaine, and "planning and hunting down Hells Angels". They'd investigate where they lived and worked. They give their old ladies, who are their slaves, black eyes and beatings. Falco suffered serious injuries to his shoulder and spine coming off his bike while riding with the Outlaws. As a result of his testimony and an ATF investigation of Outlaws in seven states, 27 gang members were locked up. Bikies in Laughlin, Nevada on an annual run where two years earlier Hells Angels and Mongols were killed in a brawl. He now works in the corporate world and keeps his identity concealed, accepting he could one day be shot by a bikie gang member. Falco said the global spread of gangs, which includes the expansion of Australian-based outlaw club the Rebels into the US and Europe, was ongoing. Outlaw gangs looked for new opportunities in all regions, including increasing numbers in Asia, for criminal activity, principally drug trafficking.