Roberta Williams uses Informer 3838 scandal in court bid to halt family home auction
Roberta Williams arrived at the Supreme Court accompanied by her daughter, Dhakota. (AAP: Daniel Pocket)
The former wife of murdered gangland figure Carl Williams has launched a Supreme Court fight to stop the weekend auction of a family home in wake of the Informer 3838 scandal.
- Court heard Roberta Williams felt “utter disbelief” at Informer 3838 revelations
- Ms Williams is fighting to prevent the sale of the home, which was left to daughter Dhakota
- The tax office labelled the premise of the legal bid to halt the auction “flimsy at best”
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is trying to sell the million-dollar Essendon property to recover a tax bill left by convicted drug trafficker George Williams, who died in 2010.
In an urgent injunction application, Roberta Williams’s lawyer argued the tax bill issued to George Williams has been “tainted” by the involvement of Informer 3838 — also known as Lawyer X — with the Williams clan.
The court heard the ATO was selling the home to recover a tax bill that is now “north of a million dollars”.
The court heard Ms Williams is now bankrupt and only learnt of the true nature of Informer 3838’s role as a police informer two weeks ago.
In an affidavit she states “my reaction was of utter disbelief and horror”.
Ms Williams’s affidavit states the lawyer represented her father-in-law George Williams prior to 2005, when she became a registered informer with Victoria Police, and had advised Mr Williams to negotiate with the tax office.
The court heard Informer 3838 also acted for Carl Williams in 2005 and had indicated she would assist with George Williams’s tax debt in early 2013.
ATO argues Williams case is ‘flimsy’
Ms Williams’s lawyer argued while there was no direct evidence, there was a possible link between Informer 3838 and a complex 2009 deal made between Carl Williams, Victoria Police and the tax office, which involved wiping his father’s tax debt in exchange for helping police with a number of gangland murders.
The court also heard the tax officer dealing with the debt recovery in 2011 had links to the Purana Taskforce through the ATO group dealing with organised crime.
“It’s fruit from the poisoned tree,” lawyer Carolyn Symons told the court.
Carl Williams was murdered in Barwon Prison in 2010, before he could give evidence in a double-murder case.
For years, Ms Williams, as the executor of George Williams’ estate, has been trying to stop the sale of the home, which was left to her daughter, Dhakota.
The property remains an asset of George Williams’s estate and the family wants the sale to be stopped while the royal commission investigates Victoria Police’s use of Informer 3838.
The ATO has labelled the injunction application “flimsy at best” and the ATO has limited means to recover the existing debt.
“It’s an attempt to shut down the sale at the last minute,” ATO lawyer James McKay told the court.
“The estate is going to be gobbled up on this tax bill.”
Justice Steven Moore will hand down his decision on Friday.