|The president of the Hells Angels, Angelo Pandeli, 46, touted as a major scalp in a tax crackdown on bikie gangs, has escaped without a conviction after his accountant took the blame for tax irregularities. Pandeli was charged with failing to furnish tax returns after he ignored a notice from the Australian Taxation Office to provide a detailed income statement.|
The ATO and Australian Federal Police have targeted bikie gang members for tax evasion as part of a strategy to disrupt organized crime in Australia. A media release issued by the ATO and AFP in May said 200 outlaw motorcycle gang members had been targeted for tax evasion in a week-long operation. Pandeli was one of the highest-profile targets of the operation.