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Rebels drug suppliers to pay Qld $28m

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The Rebels motorcycle club logo.(file pic)
The Rebels motorcycle club logo.(file pic)

Two men who headed a drugs syndicate that supplied the Rebels Motorcycle Club have each been ordered to pay the Queensland government the $14 million they are estimated to have earned from the business.

Michael Paul Falzon and James Thomas O’Brien were sentenced respectively to 10 and 14 years’ jail for their role in the business between 1999 and 2003.

Each unsuccessfully appealed their convictions and fought to keep their ill-gotten gains.

They have been ordered to each pay the state $14 million under the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act.


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