Melbourne, Dec 17: Barely a year after wildlife warrior Steve Irwin died; his grieving widow Terri Irwin and Australia Zoo are being sued for 2.5 million dollars over two mysterious business transactions.
Terri, however, says that she has no idea about the contracts.
The two legal actions involve a complex group of companies that are linked to former first assistant tax commissioner Nick Petroulias.
Sources have found that the lawsuits revolve around a business based on an island tax haven, a second business raided by tax inspectors in 2006 and an offshore investment bank.
Terri's manager John Stainton, who was also Steve Irwin's business partner, said he had "no bloody idea" about the lawsuits.
"S--t, what are they? What are they about? When I mentioned it to Terri, she didn't know what I was talking about. I asked the zoo and they have no knowledge of it," News.com.au quoted Stainton, as saying.
A firm called Alyssa Treasury Services Limited lodged the first writ at the Victorian County Court on November 22 demanding 2.5 million dollars from Australia Zoo and the Steve Irwin Family Trust.
Lawyers for the firm lodged another writ on December 7 seeking 60,000 dollars from Terri Irwin.
The writs against Terri Irwin and Australia Zoo stem from two contracts allegedly signed on their behalf promising to pay money to other firms. ANI)
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