UPDATED: 10.19 PM 28/04/2017
BREAKING NEWS: ABC ONLINE
Exclusive Story – Ty Koers and Peter Stacey with Daniel Oakes
What does Phoenixing look like?
See below for the actions a company may turn towards in order to deprive individuals, tradies and companies of earnings.
Anyone or any business that sees such behaviour must report it to the ATO Phoenix division. https://www.ato.gov.au/phoenix
and this too….
Make the booking for the end…
Get Lisa Baker setup, the new SFOPPS Pty Ltd Director.
Back charge your IT provider when your account is in arrears…
Since Imagebuild Group never pay on time we implemented a “no pay, no play” policy.
If the account isn’t paid on the due date a 48 hour disconnection notice is issued then everything is off.
Rather than paying the bill, Imagebuild thought it was a good idea to NOT pay … then let us disconnect them … and then BACK CHARGE us for disconnecting them from a service they haven’t paid for!
BELOW: An attempt to back charge for unpaid services
Did you get back charged?
Reach out to us firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear from you.
We are yet to see the debt collectors.
We were promised on the invoice and via phone that they were “professional” and highly proficient in calculating numbers divisible by 10 ($10,000 per day)
Peter and I both replied.
BELOW: Ty’s Reply….
BELOW: Peter’s response
A MELBOURNE-BASED company has been fined $5000 for illegally removing trees from an Echuca property.
Image Assets Pty Ltd, which is owned and operated by 33-year-old Brett Spits, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court yesterday to failing to comply with planning permits.
Campaspe Shire prosecutor Stuart Stevens said nine trees were removed from a vacant Wharparilla Dr property in December last year.
Two of the trees had planning permits for their removal issued in 2014 but the other seven were illegally chopped down.
On December 17, shire officers ordered Spits to stop the works, but an inspection four days later revealed works were still being carried out on the trees.
The court heard Spits had settled the property in early December and he was planning on using the land to build a holiday home.
Before appearing yesterday, Spits had paid $17,000 in tree credits to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in relation to the matter. The company faced a maximum $185,000 fine for the offence but riverineherald.com.au magistrate David Faram instead chose to fine it $5000 and convict it.
‘‘I do see your failure to heed warnings as an aggravating feature in this matter,’’ he said.
‘‘This shouldn’t have happened. As we’ve heard, I could impose a major fine here. But I have taken into account the company has no prior convictions and you have gone to VCAT and made a significant contribution.’’
Just Tweeted! Some helpful tips from the ATO
— ato.gov.au (@ato_gov_au) 27 April 2017
Phoenix activity is the fraudulent act of transferring the assets of an indebted company into a new company to avoid paying creditors, tax or employee entitlements. The new company, usually operated by the same director, continues the business under a new structure to avoid their responsibilities to their creditors.
Show and Shine time!
What better way to insult unsecured creditors by not paying them and lashing out on expensive toys.
Communication is key….
Working for ImageBuild is like being at a hairdresser who doesn’t know what you want…. you have no idea how much they are going to clip off!
At least you know that Brett is always available to lend business advice mid-project.
We knew this would be big, but the amount of people who called us today about being ripped off by SFOPPS and IBG and going viral on Facebook was incredible.
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We peaked at nearly 1,000 PEOPLE PER MINUTE viewing the site today.
We have had around 12,000 UNIQUE VISITORS … more info up tomorrow.
Who are we?
We are known as the Cidec Group of Companies, a progressive and innovative IT and Electrical Group.
TyKo Managed Services – IT Service Providers
We are the former IT Management Provider for SFOPPS and ImageBuild Group. Our electrical division completed the Treviso development on Nicholson Street, before terminating our contractual agreement under Security of Payments 2002 legislation.
Earlier works include The Wallace, 35 Dryburgh Street West Melbourne, defect free.
Collectively we are owed over $436,403.68Statement of Account
ABOVE: PDF of monies owed to date. Toys over contractors.
How does this impact my business?
If you are an unsecured creditor or are currently working for Imagebuild Group at the Bond Quarter project we urge you to read the material posted on this site to protect your business from being destroyed.
So who am I dealing with?
You may have dealt with a company, named SFOPPS Pty Ltd. This entity is currently being investigated by ASIC, the ATO and Police.
SFOPPS Pty Ltd, director Theresa Spits (mother of Imagebuild Group Director Brett Spits), was used by Imagebuild Group to avoid paying creditors. This company was placed into voluntary administration just prior to Christmas leaving millions of dollars unpaid to trades.
How can they get away with this?
SFOPPS Pty Ltd, namely former director Theresa Spits, is being investigated as she appointed a “fake” director – Lisa Baker – prior to the company being placed into the hands of external administrators.
This highly illegal conduct resulted in their solicitors, Ainslie Harding & Wood, being raided by the ATO.
OK, so you haven’t been paid – isn’t this website a bit drastic?
We have afforded Imagebuild Group plenty of opportunities to pay us for our services. They have signed off on all work we have completed and we have worked for the group since they started trading.
They have left us with a Fibre Optic internet service at their old office, 22 Swanston Street PRESTON, refusing to pay the relocation costs after they fled from the office after winding up SFOPPS Pty Ltd as the last minute.
They have left our electrical business without a single payment towards their entire job at Nicholson Street. Over $300K worth of work.
We are one of many small businesses, collectively owed approximately $8M dollars amongst the entities forming part of the group.
So… how do you operate?
Our electrical arm of the business has completed all work for Imagebuild Group on time and defect free. We did their last project “The Wallace” and all works are certified, defect free and we continue to assist the Owners Corporation with any queries or maintenance issues they have in an industry leading timely fashion.
So… where is my money?
Brett and Theresa are spending your money.
I’m sorry to say. But like everything on this site, sad but true. 🙁
Brett Spits, director of Imagebuild Group, has just purchased a Lamborghini, is building a multi-million dollar house in Lower Plenty, yet refuses to pay hard working trades that are pivotal to the success of his business.
ABOVE: Brett’s new Lamborghini…. thanks to all the generous creditors out there…. even registered to Imagebuild Group!
ABOVE: Showing off the toys.
ABOVE: Brand new Jayco Caravan
ABOVE: One of two purchased….
$4M dollar house in Lower Plenty.
Google Map link: 23 Woodful Road, Lower Plenty.
Theresa has just sold her luxury apartment in South Yarra (1205/47 Claremont Street, South Yarra) and her home 55 Blackmans Avenue, Mill Park.
Nearly $2M of creditors money that we are worried is going to be washed and never be paid to the trades who have worked SO hard and for SO long on their projects.
There are so many more assets, we will be listing them here to reinforce how bad the situation is at Imagebuild Group and how little respect Brett and Theresa Spits have for your business.
Are you going to the media?
We are completing a story with the media, so if you would like to come forward and share your dealing with Imagebuild Group, particular promises for payment from Theresa Spits – mentions of the “Priority Spreadsheet”, “Delayed Funds” etc…. these are all tactics to delay payment- they have been paid in full for projects completed – they have simply spent your money on luxury homes and toys.
Know more? Please email us: email@example.com
We will be posting more information on here as to the liquidation of SFOPPS and how you can assist us as an unsecured creditor.
Our legal obligations
We have been court ordered to provide all of the electronic books from our cloud hosting portal to Robson Cotter Insolvency Group who are working as liquidators to recover money for creditors, however we are told the books are inaccurate and incomplete.
Due to the nature of the liquidation we will be proceeding to chase the directors personally and clawing back any assets they may have, with an objective to ensure all creditors are paid.