Au­thor­i­ties are ex­am­in­ing a mas­sage busi­ness set up by one of Aus­tralia’s most “no­to­ri­ous con­men”, in Nar­ro­gin.

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - John Dob­son

Au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether con­victed fraud­ster Bon Levi is break­ing any laws at a new mas­sage busi­ness in Nar­ro­gin.

Levi, who has faced prison time and was la­belled one of Aus­tralia’s most “no­to­ri­ous con­men” by the Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion, has ad­ver­tised for a busi­ness part­ner and masseuses at the Eger­ton Street premise.

The Ob­server can re­veal the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion commissioner is now re­view­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

The sig­nage has sparked con­cern in Nar­ro­gin prompt­ing the Shire to in­ves­ti­gate what ac­tiv­ity was taking place.

An ad posted in the Eger­ton Street shop win­dow makes of­fers to in­vestors and “girls” to work in the par­lour.

“Open­ing 15 shops in WA rapidly, you can be a part­ner in each,” the sign said.

“I will train you to be a winner and you may ex­pects (sic) up to $7500 a week paid to you in ‘cash’ once all shops are es­tab­lished.

“You need $40,000 to buy part­ner­ship in WA.”

The ad goes on to claim, “I am 74 and my last girl­friend was 22yrs (sic)”.

An­other ad reads: “Girls, 18 to 35 part-time, days and nights. Earn up to $1000 a week.”

Nar­ro­gin chief ex­ec­u­tive Dale Ste­wart said the Shire was aware of the com­mu­nity con­cern.

“Staff are work­ing with both the pro­pri­etor and land­lord to as­cer­tain the na­ture of the busi­ness pro­posed to en­sure that ap­pro­pri­ate ap­pli­ca­tions for ap­proval are sought prior to com­mence­ment of trad­ing,” he said.

“De­pend­ing on the na­ture of the trad­ing pro­posal, the Shire of­fi­cers may re­fer the pro­posal to coun­cil for ad­ver­tis­ing and de­ter­mi­na­tion of whether the par­tic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties are per­mis­si­ble in the lo­ca­tion pro­posed.”

In 2008, Levi was sent to prison for 10 months, six months sus­pended, for five counts of con­tempt of court. At the time, the Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion chair­man Graeme Sa­muel la­belled Levi a “fraud­ster” and one of Aus­tralia’s most “no­to­ri­ous con­men”.

Levi, also known as Ron Freder- ick, has a long list of con­vic­tions, dat­ing as far back as the late 90s in the US where he was sent to prison for a scam which in­volved sell­ing fran­chises for two busi­nesses.

In 2011, the Supreme Court of WA or­dered Levi and as­so­ciate Colin Bur­ton to be per­ma­nently re­strained from car­ry­ing on any un­reg­is­tered busi­ness in WA and plac­ing mis­lead­ing re­cruit­ment ad­ver­tise­ments.

Levi was fined more than $12,000 in the same year for mis­lead­ing ad­ver­tise­ments of mas­sage par­lours.

A news­pa­per re­port in 2011 said the FBI es­ti­mated Mr Levi had conned more than $2 mil­lion from Amer­i­can in­vestors in the late 1990s.

Picture: Mo­gens Jo­hansen

Bon Levi, pic­tured in 2010, has set up a busi­ness in Nar­ro­gin.

Bon Levi has been la­belled a fraud­ster and one of Aus­tralia’s most no­to­ri­ous con­men.

Picture: Toby Hussey

The mas­sage par­lour on Eger­ton Street, Nar­ro­gin.

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