Sydney Optus agent burns tax office $500k

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Sydney Optus agent burns tax office $500k

Former Sydney Optus partner Mobilink Group has gone into liquidation with a debt of $520,734 claimed by the deputy commissioner for taxation.

An application for a winding-up order was commenced on 26 June and Mobilink Group went into voluntary administration on 14 July. The winding-up application has since been dismissed, with a decision was made to liquidate the company at a second meeting of creditors on 6 August.

The administrators’ report to creditors lists the main creditor as the deputy commissioner for taxation, claiming $520,734.

The company was registered in NSW in 2006 and operated as a "service entity which signs up customers for mobile phones and landline services”.

On its website, which has been taken down, Mobilink claimed a seven- to eight-year track record with Optus Business. It advertised a range of Optus services, including fixed line, inbound, internet and data, mobile and billing and reporting.

According to the administrator’s report, a former director said Mobilink Group had a contract with M8 Telecom until February 2014. M8 Telecom describes itself as the “exclusive distribution management partner” of Optus products for independent dealers. The M8 Telecom website states the dealer network comprises more than 100 outlets.

More recently, Mobilink Group was an agent for telecom wholesaler V Telecom, which advertises broadband, landline and mobile services and 13 1300 and 1800 plans. The V Telecom website states the company is a fixed rebill provider and mobile virtual network operator powered by Telstra and Optus.

The liquidators are continuing their investigation into recoveries available.

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