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A Mel­bourne labour-hire op­er­a­tor who paid an ap­pren­tice over­seas me­chanic noth­ing for al­most three months work has been hit with max­i­mum penal­ties and re­ferred to the Com­mon­wealth Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions.

A Fed­eral Cir­cuit Court judge pe­nalised Leonard Greenan, for­merly of Mount Martha a to­tal of $10 800 af­ter he had en­gaged in ‘‘ap­palling’’ con­duct and shown no re­morse for his ac­tions.

Fair Work Om­buds­man in­spec­tors in­ves­ti­gated Mr Greenan, trad­ing as ‘United Con­sult­ing’ or ‘United Con­sult­ing Ser­vices’ af­ter re­ceiv­ing an un­der­pay­ment al­le­ga­tion from a Pak­istani worker Mr Greenan had em­ployed.

The em­ployee, aged 29, was in Aus­tralia on a bridg­ing visa and ob­tained loans in or­der to pay $9500 to Mr Greenan for a visa spon­sor­ship ser­vice he of­fered but did not progress.

Mr Greenan sup­plied the em­ployee to work as a me­chanic at a car deal­er­ship in Rich­mond be­tween Jan­uary and March last year, but failed to pay the worker any wages.

The Fair Work Om­buds­man is­sued a Com­pli­ance No­tice re­quir­ing Mr Greenan to back-pay the worker a to­tal of $7066 in out­stand­ing wages. The no­tice was not com­plied with.

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