Schapelle’s miss­ing mil­lions WHERE DID THEY GO?

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Real Life -

If the ru­mours were true, Schapelle would have mil­lions to spend on build­ing a new life in Aus­tralia.

But Mercedes in­sists noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth. She de­nies there was ever a “se­cret jack­pot” of money squir­relled away for her sis­ter, and says that when Schapelle ar­rives home, she will have noth­ing.

Schapelle’s ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers are ru­moured to have pock­eted mil­lions from mul­ti­ple me­dia deals over the years and a court case against Chan­nel Seven, but Mercedes says she is now a stru strug­gling rug­gling sin­gle m mum and her

fam­ily are ba bat­tlers.

“There has never been any ba­sis for these sto­ries about the mil­lions we sup­pos­edly have in the bank,” she con­firms to Woman’s Day.

“I don’t have mil­lions of dol­lars, it’s def­i­nitely not true. I’m not a mil­lion­aire but le­gal fees came to mil­lions.

“Peo­ple don’t re­alise we had to sell our fam­ily busi­ness and even our cars to pay the bills. I think it even cost me my mar­riage.”

Mercedes, who owns the house where Schapelle will live, re­cently lost her re­main­ing life sav­ings af­ter fall­ing out with her part­ner in a new restau­rant they opened in Coolan­gatta last year, but which has since closed.

The house in Tu­gun that Schapelle will call home.

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