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Reply #15 - 25. May 2016 at 20:56

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Very curious text. Earlier i dont know nothing about  ACG Security.
 
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Reply #14 - 07. Apr 2015 at 09:31

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A Body Guard by any other name.

http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/did-arnold-schwarzenegger-use-banned-melbou...

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ACG Security founder Harry Korras, who was stripped of his security licence, protected the former muscleman as he made his way through crowds last month.

But organisers of the visit denied they used a banned ­security boss to guard Arnie on his Melbourne visit — saying he was an “event manager” for the Arnold Classic Sports Expo.

The security licence of Harry Korras was suspended amid a major police investigation into ACG. Mr Korras was photographed with Schwarzenegger, the former bodybuilder, actor and politician — but Melbourne gym boss Tony Doherty said he was simply an event manager.

“Arnold had his own security guys out with him and Harry, along with my PR manager and other staff, were just helping out,’’ Mr Doherty said.

“But he in no way was ­involved in security.”

Mr Korras is not the only ACG figure snapped in the company of big name figures.

Sam Karam, who often worked on the docks, plastered dozens of images of himself on social media leading out football teams on to Etihad Stadium or carrying trophies

On his Facebook account, Mr Karam poses while guarding celebrities Matthew Newton  and  US  pop  star Red Foo.

Detectives from a taskforce investigating corruption at the docks charged Mr Karam, 43, Mr Korras, 40, of Maribyrnong and four other men with ­ripping off the Government of $8 million. Frank Moussa, 51, from Taylors Lakes and Mohamed Ammouchi, 46, from Carlton were charged with dishonestly causing an $8 million loss to the Australian Taxation Office between 2013 and 2014.

Two other ACG managers, a 41-year-old from Airport West and a 44-year-old from Reservoir, were also charged.

The Herald Sun can reveal the investigation focuses on allegations the men paid security staff at Etihad Stadium and AAMI Park from bags stuffed with cash.

Victoria Police said it could not comment because matters were before the court.
 

Ah! Working in Security where finding the real thief could be your employer. Now is the time to check your super account.
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Reply #13 - 31. Mar 2015 at 13:12

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Hello Oldschool,

I have talked to people that were working for ACG security and knew that they were corrupt, but did not care, because they were getting paid either way.

The clients are the ones who are to blame not the guards for contracting a crappy company. Most companies are after the lowest cost security company. Any company that pays modern award wages are deem expensive and then they lose business to those that have crappy collective agreements or pay flat rates.

Believe me when I say this mate, It has nothing to do with trust, it all has to do with cost. If they wanted a honest company, they would have hired a company that pays modern award wages and that it looks after its employees.
 

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Reply #12 - 29. Mar 2015 at 16:46

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I unfortunately work for ACG/TGS and I assure you it was a huge shock to us coal face workers.
It has not been easy to deal with the negative issues.
It is embarrassing for me but if it had not been for Spotless I would have been out of a job without warning.
The people involved so far have been relieved of duties/jobs within the organisation and been told in no uncertain terms, DO NOT RETURN.
I hold myself to be honest and to find out what has happened within the business as ACG has not impressed me to say the least.
Those that have done the wrong thing don't seem to care but those who have done nothing wrong or have not been part of the wrong doing are left to pick up the pieces and try and reasure the clients that you are doing the right thing in regards to securing their assets and protecting them.
Those at fault have made it harder for us left behind and those in the broader security industry to prove to the businesses and wider community that we can be trusted.
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Reply #11 - 15. Mar 2015 at 20:54

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http://www.spotless.com/services/security

Now they operate as TGS or TechGuard Security. This how stupid security is in Victoria. Oh, your were found guilty of corruption, sham contracting, and tax evasion. You get your licence suspended, but the way to fix this problem is to change owners, get a new security business licence and you can still operate your shady security business. Even though they were corrupt, their prices must be unbeatable if they still have contracts with the same companies that contracted ACG security, Angry
 

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Reply #10 - 11. Mar 2015 at 21:50

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From my experience working on these "shitty events"(there is nothing special about them) is to sub-contract them to the lowest bidder. It is usually those companies like you mention (GRI and Takeova). Those shitty security companies usually earn about 2-3 dollars a hour per head.
 

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Reply #9 - 11. Mar 2015 at 21:31

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Furthermore to this I wonder if any security consultant from the grand prix coperation ever cottoned on to how they were actually making money out of their events?

This was and easy scam,
1, quote rock bottom price and pay your guards less than they are entitled to
2, under staff the event by over 100 guards at the peak days of the event.
3, get all managers and supervisors to use their phones to navigate their lack of guards.


Oh I have more but wouldn't want to give up all of their secrets...
 
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Reply #8 - 09. Mar 2015 at 18:26

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I worked over the road from an EX ACG site in Melbourne who had "At Risk guards" working for them (indian students) 6 weeks after the sale of ACG the flat rate of pay didn't change. What does the new owner of ACG think they can do with all their might and power? 

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Reply #7 - 02. Mar 2015 at 19:29

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Six charged over alleged $8 million tax fraud

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UPDATE: THREE more men have been charged following a year-long operation, codenamed Boscobel, into allegations of an “off the books” cash arm of ACG Security and money laundering with links to organised crime.

Trident Taskforce detectives today charged the three men with conspiracy to cause a loss to the Commonwealth.

“The men have been charged with conspiracy to dishonestly cause a loss to the Commonwealth in the amount of $8 million from 2013-2014,” Leading Senior Constable Julie-Anne Newman said.

“The three men, a 40-year-old from Maribyrnong, a 41-year-old from Airport West and a 44-year-old from Reservoir, are expected to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court shortly.”

Yesterday, three men linked to ACG - one of Australia’s biggest security companies - were also charged with an $8 million tax fraud following the investigation.

Detectives charged Frank Moussa, 51, from Taylors Lakes, Sam Karam, 43, from Keilor East and Mohamed Ammouchi, 46, from Carlton with dishonestly causing an $8 million loss to the Australian Taxation Office between 2013 and 2014.

Mr Moussa has also been charged with financial structuring offences.

The trio appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court and all were granted bail.

They have been ordered to reappear for a committal mention June 18.

Taskforce Trident detectives raided businesses and homes in October last year and seized documents and computer records.

The Victorian Police Licensing and Regulation Division also suspended ACG’s security licence and the licence of a number of individuals.

Late last year, the high-profile contracts held by ACG were sold to Spotless for a reported $10 million.

“Victoria Police is not alleging any impropriety towards the new owner of the company, nor have any security risks emerged", Leading Senior Constable Julie-Anne Newman said.


Source:http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/six-charged-over-alleged-8-million-ta...
 

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Reply #6 - 02. Mar 2015 at 19:28

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MEN TO APPEAR IN COURT OVER TRIDENT TASKFORCE TAX FRAUD INVESTIGATION

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Trident Taskforce detectives have charged another three men today with conspiracy to cause a loss to the Commonwealth as part of Operation Boscobel, a multi-agency investigation into allegations of taxation fraud and financial structuring offences.

The men have been charged with conspiracy to dishonestly cause a loss to the Commonwealth in the amount of $8 million from 2013-2014.

The three men, a 40-year-old from Maribyrnong, a 41-year-old from Airport West and a 44-year-old from Reservoir, are expected to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court shortly.

The charges follow a year-long investigation focused on allegations of an illegal ‘off the books’ cash arm within a national security company and allegations of money laundering with links to organised crime.

Trident Taskforce is aimed at deterring and disrupting organised crime at the state’s waterfront.

The taskforce is a multi-agency effort consisting of members from Victoria Police, Australian Taxation Office, Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Australian Federal Police and The Australian Crime Commission.

Senior Constable Julie-Anne Newman
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Source:http://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/news/6012-men-to-appear-in-court-over-trident-ta...
 

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Reply #5 - 27. Feb 2015 at 01:35

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Major Function wrote on 17. Nov 2014 at 17:39:
Is this why ACG sold its clients/business to Spotless


There was 'talk' a few years ago Harry wanted to sell up and was positioning the company for a sale but nothing seemed to eventuate, other than an expansion in to a more corporate oritentated sector, which would make it much more appealing to any interested parties.

I do think the recent investigations expediated matters, and with assistance by VicPol, this is how they've gone about and acheived the sale.

Mind you the purchase by Spotless (Techguard) was had some 'hefty' conditions of sale attached.   Wink

Looks like the rebranding will mean a similar, if not the same, logo design/colours just different lettering.

http://www.spotless.com/about-us/our-brands/techguard-security

I wonder how this will affect Peter Rowland Catering and their RSA agreement with ACG (TGS) at the Spring Carnival each year.

Peter Rowland would be classed as a competitor to Spotless Catering surely?  Shocked
Maybe it's just me, but I don't think I'd appreciate a branch of a competing company providing me with services.
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Reply #2 - 18. Dec 2014 at 13:26

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Victoria Police Licensing and Regulation Division investigators have suspended the licence of one of the state’s largest providers of security guards.

The licence of the private security business, based in Parkville, was suspended by police yesterday following an extensive investigation after complaints were received in regards to breaches of the Private Security Act 2004 allegedly committed by the business.

The private security licences of eight employees of the company were also suspended.

Senior Sergeant Brett Kahan said the suspensions sent a strong message to those doing the wrong thing in the private security industry.

“The suspensions have been issued after a lengthy regulatory investigation focusing on the contravention of existing statutory workplace obligations, the sub-contracting to unlicensed private security businesses to provide guards, and the recruitment and use of unlicensed guards,” he said.

“We are aware the suspended business has recently been acquired by another licensed private security company, so this will ensure the continuity of security services at all major events.”

The Licensing and Regulation Division will continue to conduct a thorough investigation to ensure that all people associated with the suspended business are fit and proper under the Act, and that all licensing conditions have been complied with.

Kelly Yates
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Source:http://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/news/5331-private-security-business-licence-susp...

Thank You forum member Warlord for sharing this info.
 

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Reply #1 - 17. Nov 2014 at 17:39

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Is this why ACG sold its clients/business to Spotless
 
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17. Nov 2014 at 10:40

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This story reveals that ACG Security is being investigated for allegations of cash payments to security contractors. When complete will spotlight sham contracting in the security industry as a whole.

See: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/acg-security-probed-by-authorities-ov...

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ONE OF Australia’s biggest security companies is entangled in a probe into black money wage payments on the waterfront.

The Herald Sun can reveal a high-level police taskforce specialising in corruption on the docks has been for months examining allegations of cash payments to security contractors.

Warrants have been executed in Melbourne and Sydney on ACG Security, which has contracts with the huge Patrick stevedoring operation.

Investigators from the Trident taskforce executed search warrants in Melbourne and Sydney last week.

One of them is believed to have been on a private residence in suburban Melbourne.

Documents and computer records were seized during the searches.

ACG provides security services to some of Australia’s biggest companies.

They include BHP, Coca Cola Amatil, John Holland, Myer, Spotless and Toll. The company also operates at major sporting venues.

One source said cash payments to workers on the docks presented a major security risk.

The source said there was potential for authorities to be unaware of the identity of workers operating in a highly corruption-sensitive environment.

“It goes to the heart of national security,” a law enforcement source said.

Trident is a joint agency taskforce set up in July, 2012, amid escalating concern about the level of corruption on the nation’s docks.

It has members from Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Crime Commission and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

Financial experts from the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre and the Australian Taxation Office also help make up Trident.

Company spokesman Richard Amos said ACG could confirm that a number of premises were “searched” by police last Thursday.

“The company maintains no wrongdoing and is co-operating with the investigators,” Mr Amos said.”

Victoria Police confirmed Trident officers had executed a number of search warrants last Thursday “in relation to an ongoing matter”.



This same company in NSW is was investigated by ICAC for corruption in the tendering process for security products and services: http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=30&ved=0CFUQFjAJ...
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Ah! Working in Security where finding the real thief could be your employer. Now is the time to check your super account.
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