Transnational crime unit investigate Hawkes’ death
The Transnational Crime Unit are investigating the reasons behind the suicide of naturalised citizen Bill Hawkes.
Police Operations and Planning SO John Taleo confirmed that they are interested in finding Chris Kopittke who had been in business with Hawkes and had reportedly sold him Nuera International, without Hawkes realising it had few legitimate investors and according to statements made by Hawkes to police had been involved in a pyramid selling scheme that he was totally unaware about.
Kopikke reportedly resides in Brisbane.
Daily Post has received reliable information that Hawkes originally bought into Nuera International under Kopittke and had invested $1.5 million in the company as a minor 20% shareholder without knowing that there were allegations of pyramid scheme selling offering very high rates of return. The company was transferred into Australia after allegations surfaced in London and the CIB got involved.
Hawkes then reportedly advised police that he had no choice but to buy out Kopittke’s shares for $5 million and run the company himself to ensure his funds were safe and look after the legitimate investors. However he did not know that allegations were rife that Nuera International had been involved in a ponzi or pyramid selling scheme under Kopittke and owed creditors significant sums of money.
According to police information Kopittke had a securities dealers licence in Australia and Hawkes had paid over the odds for Nuera after being advised it had valuable intellectual property rights when it was in effect worth little and had pending ponzi scheme creditors of approximately $6 million.
John Taleo, who was a friend of Hawkes, believes that Kopittke had recently been threatening to sue Hawkes over money owed and this coupled with the concerns over claims by creditors in the UK, the loss of his own invested funds and pending legal action, was too much for Hawkes to endure.
Taleo confirmed a suicide note had been written on Friday and he had swallowed drugs in blue capsules in the car. When they found the body around Tuesday 4pm, it had already started to decompose.