“Lauchlan Leishman was involved in Australian criminal proceedings concerning Mr. David Morgan of Benchmark Developments, a property development company, who was prosecuted for frauds involving illegal payments made by Lauchlan Leishman to him. While it is true that this story does not mention Lauchlan Leishman’s name, it is of little moment because the primary source of information is Detective Sergeant Sheridan Heaton of the Queensland Police.”
The text above is from the published decision from the Honourable Justice Poon of the High Court in Hong Kong SAR on 23rd May 2012. The High Court decision is a matter of public record and published by the Judiciary of the Hong Kong SAR.
The “story” referred to above by Justice Poon is in the Cairns Post, a Queensland newspaper at April 17, 2012:
Whilst this Australian news article only mentions “an agent”, the High Court in Hong Kong went further on 23rd May 2012 and specifically names Lauchlan Leishman as the agent involved in this criminal activity.
The criminal activity referred to involved not only Lauchlan Leishman but Lauchlan Leishman’s former business associate, David Morgan who was arrested and convicted of stealing almost AUD$2 million and sentenced to seven years on 17th April 2012. This was the highest charge that the Queensland Department of Public Prosecutions could lay against David Morgan for a crime of this nature – the truth is that Morgan’s company is missing more than AUD$18 million, none of which has been recovered. This fraud was perpetrated in Australia and caused Benchmark Developments to go into liquidation owing AUD$18 million to small contractors and businesses – as a result hundreds of people lost homes and jobs and numerous small businesses folded.
Lauchlan Leishman and his business associate David Morgan were investigated by Detective Sergeant Sheridan of the Queensland Police (phone +61 4030 7000) as a result of the collapse of Benchmark and the investigation that found millions of dollars missing. Leishman obtained an indemnity against prosecution in exchange for evidence and left Australia for Hong Kong on a Hong Kong investment visa which required him to make an investment of over US$1 million leaving Morgan to plead guilty to two counts of fraud as a Director and 36 counts of receipt of secret commission by an agent.
Morgan was convicted on 17th April 2012 and imprisoned for seven years – he is currently serving his sentence. According to Queensland Police, the whereabouts of the stolen money remains a mystery despite an intensive three-year investigation into the crime. Whilst Morgan is serving seven years in jail Leishman is living the high life in Hong Kong. Not bad for a Queensland estate agent who interestingly has just obtained an investment visa with USD$1 million in cash.
On 23rd April 2012 Lauchlan Leishman was arrested in Hong Kong for a series of dishonesty offences and is currently on police bail awaiting charges and if found guilty he faces up to five years in jail. There will be no indemnity from the Hong Kong Police. Remember, Leishman is now living in Hong Kong and selling USA property and USA immigration/investment visas through his company (Berkeley Capital Group) in and about Asia and the Middle East via local estate agents and financial advisers. Forget what Leishman or your financial adviser and estate agent says about Leishman and his product in an attempt to mitigate his circumstances.
The fact is that Leishman was investigated by the Queensland Police, has been in Hong Kong for less than two years and has already been investigated by the Hong Kong Police twice and now arrested. The Australian Police, the Hong Kong Police and two High Court Judges have no “vendetta” toward Leishman – they are all independent and have made decisions based on the truth and anybody considering doing any business with Lauchlan Leishman or Berkeley Capital should do their own research.