Justin Hemmes’ Merivale construction boss Joel Cheeseman arrested on fraud charges – Sydney Morning Herald

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According to Mr Cheeseman’s LinkedIn profile, he has worked for the sprawling pub group since May 2015, initially as a group facilities manager before moving into the construction project manager role, in which he claims to “currently oversee and manage all construction for Merivale”.

After inquiries by the Herald NSW Police said in a statement, “following a fraud investigation by officers from Sydney City Police Area Command … a 30-year-old man attended Day Street Police Station, where he was arrested”.

Mr Cheeseman was charged and released on conditional bail to face criminal proceedings on May 29.

Last Thursday Supreme Court Judge Stephen Robb made freezing orders against Mr Cheeseman in his absence, which were then served on him at his ocean-front address.

The orders were made in relation to civil proceedings brought against Mr Cheeseman by Merivale last week.

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As a result of the court order, he must not remove from Australia, transfer or diminish the value of any of his assets up to the value of $300,000, and must provide a list of his assets in writing, including their value and location, to Merivale before the next Supreme Court hearing, which is scheduled for May 23.

According to court documents obtained by the Herald, the order ceases if he pays the $300,000 sum to the court, or provides security to that value.

Mr Cheeseman has also been subpoenaed to provide statements and other documentation relating to three bank accounts, and any other accounts held in his name or where he is a signatory, and all documentation showing the transfer of money in and out of those accounts, over a period between August 2015 and May 2019.

Merivale is suing Mr Cheeseman for damages and compensation.

A Merivale spokesman declined to comment when contacted by the Herald on Friday.

The Herald has attempted to contact Mr Cheeseman about the allegations against him.

On Monday night Mr Hemmes, who last year entered the Australian Financial Review Rich List at 78th position, hosted an election fundraiser for the Liberal Party at his Vaucluse waterfront mansion that included guests such as Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield and Small Business Minister Michaelia Cash.

Angus Thompson is a court reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.

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