The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

THE FRENCH CON­NEC­TION LIFE­STYLE OF THE RICH AND IN­FA­MOUS A SPOT­LIGHT ELLEN WHINNETT SHINES TAX ON THE ‘CROC­O­DILE DUNDEE EX­ILE FRAUD­STER’S’ LUX­U­RI­OUS

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PHILIP Eg­glishaw has made a lot of money ad­vis­ing peo­ple on how to man­age their fi­nan­cial af­fairs.

The 63-year-old Bri­tish cit­i­zen, who has avoided Aus­tralian au­thor­i­ties since 2004, has a fleet of lux­ury cars and a me­chanic who comes to his house just to start the Lam­borgh­ini and make sure it’s run­ning OK, on the rare chance he might like to drive it.

He hosted his daugh­ter’s wed­ding at his lux­u­ri­ous villa in the south of France near Nice.

Eg­glishaw was ar­rested on May 3 while stay­ing at a lux­u­ri­ous $2500-a-night ho­tel in Como, Italy. His part­ner, Sheila Jordan, has a pho­to­graph of her­self on a yacht as her Facebook pro­file photo, and his chil­dren fly reg­u­larly be­tween his old home in Jersey, in the Chan­nel Is­lands, to the UK, Nice and Monaco on the French Riviera. But not ev­ery­thing goes ac­cord­ing to plan for the man dubbed the “Croc­o­dile Dundee Tax Fraud­ster’’ by the in­ter­na­tional press. Eg­glishaw is wanted in Aus­tralia over al­le­ga­tions he mas­ter­minded a $2.2 bil­lion tax fraud that saw 46 peo­ple con­victed, mu­sic pro­moter Glenn Wheat­ley jailed, and ac­tor Paul Ho­gan em­broiled in a 10-year fight with the ATO over taxes paid on the Croc­o­dile Dundee films. Ho­gan set­tled his dis­pute with the ATO with­out charges be­ing laid. He de­nied any wrong­do­ing. A few months ago, thieves tar­geted the villa owned by Eg­glishaw near the vil­lage of La Colle sur-Loup, scaling the high, re­mote-con­trolled gates that shut his home off to the world. Dressed in bal­a­clavas, the three men ap­par­ently went straight to the up­stairs bed­rooms and stole jew­ellery be­fore es­cap­ing, while one of Eg­glishaw’s sev­eral clean­ers hid in fear. Video cam­eras now watch over the gates of his home and the laneway next door, which leads past the pool to the ten­nis court.

His brother and busi­ness part­ner, Richard Eg­glishaw, has an even larger and more se­cure villa about 30 min­utes’ drive away in Mou­g­ins. It also has a high re­mote-con­trolled gate and video sur­veil­lance.

The Eg­glishaw broth­ers like their pri­vacy.

A lo­cal real es­tate agent spe­cial­is­ing in high-end prop­er­ties said he had rung the buzzer at the gates to Philip Eg­glishaw’s home many times, hop­ing to be in­vited in­side to make a pitch to sell the prop­erty. No one ever an­swered.

This was de­spite Eg­glishaw em­ploy­ing two or three clean­ers, two full-time gar­den­ers, a me­chanic, some­one to look af­ter the swim­ming pool, and a per­sonal trainer for one of his chil­dren.

Philip Jep­son Eg­glishaw was raised in Jersey, the Bri­tish is­land off the coast of France known mostly for its dairy cows and an­nual flo­ral fes­ti­val. He at­tended the lo­cal Haut­lieu school, which used to be a boys’ gram­mar school but is n now a se­lect-en­try co-ed se se­condary school of­ferin ing the In­ter­na­tional B Bac­calau­re­ate.

A num­ber of Eg­glishaw fam­ily mem­bers still liv live on the is­land – none w wanted to talk to The Sun­daySu Mail – and the b beau­ti­ful home he and h his first wife owned, C Cherry Trees, near the vi vil­lage of Saint Ouen, is n now owned by the lo­cal d doc­tor, who hasn’t h heard from him since he bought the house in 2003.

Ac­cord­ing to docu- ments held by the States of Jersey ar­chive, the house was sold for £1.35 mil­lion in 2003 – which the Bank of England’s in­fla­tion cal­cu­la­tor says would equate to £1.96 mil­lion in to­day’s terms, or $A3.2 mil­lion.

Philip and Richard Eg­glishaw set up a num­ber of com­pa­nies in Jersey, which was pre­vi­ously ac­knowl­edged as both a tax haven and for hav­ing laws that ob­scured trans­parency around fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions.

One of their busi­nesses, Stra­chans, came to the at­ten­tion of au­thor­i­ties in Aus­tralia, and they later trans­ferred it to Geneva in Switzer­land, where the broth­ers had real es­tate links.

Eg­glishaw would work Mon­day to Fri­day in Geneva then re­turn to his villa in France on week­ends.

He ap­pears to have met his cur­rent part­ner, Bri­tish cit­i­zen Sheila Jordan, in Jersey, and af­ter his run-in with police in Aus­tralia in 2004, the pair set up home in their villa at La Colle-sur-Loup while also rent­ing a flat in Geneva, Switzer­land, and spending time in Monaco.

It is un­likely to be a co­in­ci­dence that Eg­glishaw lived and worked in three of the Euro­pean ju­ris­dic­tions that are most no­to­ri­ous for fi­nan­cial se­crecy – Switzer­land, Monaco and Jersey – although Jersey has since mod­ernised its rules and re­moved most of its se­crecy pro­vi­sions around fi­nan­cial deal­ings.

Eg­glishaw ap­pears to have pur­chased the villa in 1999 and done work to the lux­u­ri­ous spread, which has views over the Mediter­ranean and the nearby historic walled town of St Paul de Vence.

This in­cludes con­vert­ing a he­li­copter land­ing pad to a ten­nis court.

Man­i­cured gar­dens line the pool and drive­way, and the trees have been al­lowed to grow tall around the bound­aries, pro­vid­ing even more pri­vacy.

La Colle-sur-Loup, down the hill from Eg­glishaw’s sprawl­ing es­tate, is a quin­tes­sen­tial French ru­ral town – more than 300 years old, with nar­row roads lined with small shops that close on Mon­days, and the French tri­colour fly­ing from ev­ery house.

The cob­ble­stoned streets might be too nar­row for some of Eg­glishaw’s cars – for a man who likes to stay in the shad­ows, his ex­trav­a­gant car col­lec­tion is one area where he openly turns heads.

He was ap­par­ently seen in Monaco last week driv­ing his $277,000 white Bent­ley con­vert­ible, the car he had driven to Italy when he was ar­rested by police on May 3, lead­ing to a two-month stay in jail in Como be­fore he was re­leased.

He also has a Lam­borgh­ini that rarely seems to leave his garage but whose loud mo­tor

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