Pay­ments made by Kewell in spotlight

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SOC­CER leg­end Harry Kewell – who had a $ 3 mil­lion con­tract to be a “brand am­bas­sador” for Jeep for three years – has been ac­cused of mak­ing pay­ments to a per­sonal bank ac­count of for­mer car com­pany boss Clyde Camp­bell.

New court doc­u­ments also claim Mr Kewell and his wife Sheree Mur­phy were hol­i­day­ing with Si­mone and Clyde Camp­bell in the Mal­dives as re­cently as April this year.

Car gi­ant Fiat Chrysler Au­to­mo­biles ( FCA) al­leges for­mer CEO Clyde Camp­bell mis­used more than $ 30 mil­lion in cor­po­rate funds on deals it claims were “un­com­mer­cial”, in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing loan cars to mod­els, sport stars and TV per­son­al­i­ties such as Jesinta Camp­bell, Shane Warne and Matt Pre­ston.

Ac­cord­ing to an amended State­ment of Claim filed to the Fed­eral Court in Vic­to­ria yesterday, FCA al­leges Mr Kewell made four pay­ments rang­ing from $ 580 to $ 8467 – which added up to $ 13,975 – be­tween July and De­cem­ber 2013, months af­ter Mr Camp­bell stepped down from his role as CEO in April 2013.

The re­vised state­ment of claim says FCA is “not aware of any busi­ness rea­son why Kewell would de­posit funds into Camp­bell’s per­sonal bank ac­count”.

Sources close to Mr Kewell say the costs were re­im­burse­ment ex­penses in­curred by Si­mone Camp­bell, a prop­erty lawyer, on Mr Kewell’s be­half.

The amended court doc­u­ment also notes that “pho­to­graphs and com­ments on In­sta­gram and Twit­ter by Mrs Camp­bell, Kewell and oth­ers show that Mrs Camp­bell and Kewell at­tended Amilla Fushi Re­sort in the Mal­dives” in April 2015.

Ac­cord­ing to the orig­i­nal state­ment of claim, Kewell’s spon­sor­ship deal with FCA also in­cluded $ 2000 per month to­wards a rental prop­erty, as­sis­tance with school fees to a max­i­mum value of $ 75,000 per year, and eight re­turn busi­ness class air­fares be­tween Aus­tralia and Europe an­nu­ally.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment of claim, the Kewell con­tract was “ir­re­vo­ca­bly” ex­tended from Jan­uary 2016 to De­cem­ber 2018 on a com­pany let­ter signed by Mr Camp­bell’s suc­ces­sor, Veron­ica Johns, “on or about April 2014”.

Mr Camp­bell left FCA Aus­tralia in April 2013 to be­come an in­de­pen­dent dis­trib­u­tor of FCA ve­hi­cles in New Zealand, but has since sold his share of the busi­ness.

The re­vised court doc­u­ment in­creased the amount of money FCA “sus­pects” was used to buy a boat, from $ 412,000 to $ 550,000, based on in­voices paid to a third­party com­pany called Maxus, which is now run by Mark McCraith., who was FCA Aus­tralia’s mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor from May 2013 and May 2015.

The re­vised court doc­u­ments also go into more de­tail about how much money was paid to a deal­er­ship part owned by for­mer Mercedes- Benz ex­ec­u­tive Ernst Lieb, who was sacked from the Ger­many car maker in 2011 for mis­us­ing cor­po­rate funds.

Mr Lieb and Mr Camp­bell worked to­gether pre­vi­ously at Mercedes- Benz Aus­tralia.

PROBE: For­mer Soc­ceroo Harry Kewell has been em­broiled in a court case in­volv­ing Jeep.

Matt Pre­ston Pre­ston.

Shane Warne.Warne

Jesinta Camp­bell Camp­bell.

Clyde and Si­mone Camp­bell.

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