The investigation also found that in August 2017, Mr Maguire wrote a threatening letter on government letterhead to a senior Communist Party official who ran Bright Food, one of the largest Chinese state-owned agricultural companies and the majority owner of Mr Lius Heuexport Company.
Bright Food was unable to provide UWE Hay, a Leeton-based company, with more money.
Mr. Maguire said in his letter that the company’s action is causing “loss of face to my political leaders,” which could lead to “very serious questions from our government about future ventures” with China.
Mr Maguire could be heard on phone tapes speaking to Ms Berejiklian about UWE, but the Prime Minister claimed she knew nothing about the company. “If I had understood that something was going wrong, I would of course have taken action, but I can make it clear that I had no idea what UWE meant,” she told the investigation.
Several of UWE’s subsidiaries – including the hay exporting company Mr Maguire campaigned for and beef exporting Currabubula Station near Tamworth – went down in 2018 on millions of dollars in creditors, including a number of disgruntled farmers, bankrupt.
Cherilyn Bird, a farmer from Rennie, near Albury, had a sign painted on a truck indicating the amount of US $ 153,507 owed for hay. “Why don’t you pay us? We are NOT a bank. We are FARMERS! ”It read.
The title of Mr. Liu and Ms. Feng’s Blakehurst House contains five separate reservations that reflect loans made on a series of Chinese business figures.
One caveat is Peter Chen, also known as Chan, who owes $ 1.3 million. Mr. Chen, a senior member of a Chinese Communist Party lobby group in Sydney, was also a former business partner of billionaire real estate developer Huang Xiangmo, who was banned from entry by Australian security officials.
Mr Huang is said to have given a Labor Party official $ 100,000 in cash in an Aldi shopping bag, an ICAC investigation found last year.
Wu International has a restriction to protect a loan of US $ 2.6 million to Mr. Liu and his wife. The company’s boss, Alex Wood, also known as Wu, is a real estate developer and an associate of former NSW Labor MP Ernest Wong.
The ICAC heard allegations that Mr. Wood had used his staff to fill out fake donation declaration forms to disguise $ 100,000 in cash allegedly paid by Mr. Huang.
Xuejen He of Huuh Development Company Yuhu Group owes Mr. Liu $ 1 million.
“Be careful,” warned the whistleblower. A USB drive was attached to the long letter that contained details of allegations, including fraudulent billing.
Mr Maguire admitted to the ICAC on Friday that he had received tens of thousands of dollars in cash, some of which had been delivered to him in the House of Parliament in what ICAC has called an illegitimate cash-for-visa system. He did not declare this money.
Mr. Maguire was also believed to have business interests with longtime associate Humphrey Xu, who paid for the politician to visit China for 11 days in 2002.
When Mr Maguire was first exposed in 2018 on allegations of attempting to collect commissions from Chinese real estate developer Country Garden, Labor urged the ICAC to also look into its stake in Mr Xu, who had tried to raise a $ 400 million – To build a trading center in Wagga Wagga.
Mr. Wu’s business partner was the Chinese state-owned company Wuai. Although Wagga Wagga City Council approved Mr. Xu’s sale of land to ACA Capital in October 2013, the deal collapsed. A city council report cited community concerns over “a lack of transparency”.
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Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.
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