“If the folks at Guardian Youth Care had been crooks, they’d go together with the FACS funding mannequin,” Mr Richardson mentioned.
The charity, which had simply gone into administration on the time of the interview, has been accused of spending $20 million with out correct approvals, which the federal government has termed a misappropriation.
Latest liquidation hearings within the Federal Court docket have heard the vast majority of the not-for-profit’s authorities funding flowed to for-profit corporations managed by Mr Bijerk and his enterprise accomplice, convicted assassin Ned Bikic.
Neither Mr Bijkerk nor Mr Bikic had permission to work with kids. However they had been nonetheless given thousands and thousands of in contracts to offer providers from lodging and meals to upkeep, coaching and foster care accreditation.
In July 2016, Mr Bijkerk wrote to Samantha Madigan, a director of Guardian and its payroll supervisor, enquiring about a big sum of presidency funds deposited into the charity’s financial institution accounts.
He wished Ms Madigan to switch an additional $200,000 from the charity to the accounts of his subcontracting corporations to “prime up” cash held in “again up”.
“Make me blissful or there goes your bonus and your Jag, no strain bitch,” Mr Bijkerk wrote.
Ms Madigan, who drove a 2009 mannequin Jaguar paid for by one Bijkerk subcontractor that acquired all its cash from Guardian, informed the Federal Court docket that was simply his sense of humour.
Whereas denying Mr Bijkerk had loved full management of the charity, she agreed with a suggestion that she had been rewarded for her loyalty.
In 2015, Ms Madigan acquired – for no cash – a 10 per cent stake in an $800,000 Pyrmont unit co-owned with Mr Bijkerk and his enterprise accomplice Mr Bikic.
She mentioned the unit was supposed to deal with senior charity workers who needed to journey from the nation, however that it had both sat vacant or was used briefly by bosses already residing in Sydney.
“You thought you might line your pockets with the cash that was coming from the federal government,” barrister Philip Santucci for the liquidator put to Ms Madigan.
“No, I believed I used to be getting the good thing about my onerous work, finish of story,” she replied.
Mr Santucci requested whether or not some other workers had acquired stakes in property for his or her onerous work – the chief govt, or the entrance line workers, as an example.
Ms Madigan replied she had labored more durable than the chief govt whereas youth employees claimed extra time for hours the place she had not.
“So that you can stand there and make out like I used to be handed a property is ridiculous,” she informed the barrister.
The Herald put inquiries to Mr Richardson about final yr’s protection of Guardian Youth Care however a Sky Information spokeswoman mentioned he was in intensive care having lately undergone surgical procedure.
“He is because of return on air later this month and could have extra to say about these issues then,” she mentioned.
Final yr, he had defended Ms Madigan, saying that there was nothing fallacious with having property pursuits and “by way of gearing, she owes 65 per cent of the worth of the properties”.
Purchased for $800,000 in 2015, the unit offered for $1.2 million this yr. Ms Madigan mentioned she and Mr Bijkerk wanted the cash “to outlive” as she labored 5 days per week, unpaid, to assemble proof of what she referred to as “huge abuse” enbaled by Household and Group Companies.
Guardian and FACS had a fractious relationship. The charity, which billed itself as an Indigenous supplier, took the division to courtroom in a discrimination declare and argued FACS had not given funding as promised.
The division ordered nearer scrutiny of the charity and a report by Deloitte in 2016, which highlighted the unauthorised funding to the subcontracting corporations in addition to alleged monetary irregularities.
Dylan Bijkerk, Roy Bijkerk’s son and one other of charity’s growth co-ordinators, had informed Mr Richardson that the contracting was a part of an “built-in enterprise mannequin” and fully authentic.
Mr Richardson mentioned the charity had been pressured to borrow from associated corporations to pay payments.
“When you find yourself a not-for-profit organisation, Dylan isn’t going to be driving round in a bloody Rolls Royce,” he mentioned.
Dylan was in truth driving a Mazda.
Whereas there have been no Rolls within the storage on the Burwood workplace block the place Guardian was headquartered, he informed the courtroom there was a BMW for Roy Bijkerk and a Mercedes for Mr Bikic on prime of the Jaguar for Ms Madigan.
Patrick Begley is an investigative reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.