Nassif’s lawyer, Rebekah Giles, has previously claimed that Hadley had resorted to “extravagant and unreasonable language” to express his opinions, including a comment on television that Hadley would not “live in a tent that Mr. Nassif built, let alone one.” Skyscraper”.
At the time, Nassif and his company Toplace said they were suing to “protect the excellent reputation in the construction industry that they have built over many decades.”
However, the following three years were not good for Nassif or his construction empire.
A warrant was issued for his arrest in June over alleged fraud relating to forged purchase agreements used to secure a $150 million Westpac loan for Toplace’s Skyview project in Castle Hill.
According to the police fact sheet, Nassif, who is believed to be in Lebanon, was caught on phone taps asking lawyers to postpone sales contracts for apartments in a Skyview building in order to secure bank financing for another building.
In the intercepted calls, Nassif says these contracts are “fake,” “will never be completed anyway,” and that the deposits are “my money.”
In July, his construction company Toplace was placed into bankruptcy with debts of more than $1 billion. The creditors include several ownership companies that had received rectification orders requiring Toplace to repair their defective buildings.
Because it failed to correct deficiencies, Fair Trading revoked Nassif’s building permit for ten years, while Toplace’s building permit was permanently revoked.
Nassif is also believed to be at the center of an ICAC investigation into allegations by Liberal MP Ray Williams in the NSW Parliament that senior party officials took bribes to appoint pro-Nassif councilors to the Hills Shire Council.
Nassif rose to fame on Valentine’s Day 2019 when he posted on social media that he gave his wife Nissy a canary yellow Lamborghini, accompanied by Nassif’s famous words: “Congratulations Mrs. Nassif. Do you like?”
In September of that year, Nassif was arrested with a bag of cocaine at his wife’s 32nd birthday party at Star Casino, where he was a high roller.
“The fact is that my client was not convicted because of his good character and standing in the community,” Giles said in a statement following his subsequent guilty plea and the imposition of an 18-month corrections order.
Since then, the $480,000 Lamborghini has been repossessed and the couple have had an acrimonious split, with his former wife reverting to her maiden name, Matta.
Earlier this month, Matta told the Daily Telegraph that Nassif had been “very controlling and very abusive” during their 15-year relationship and that there was nothing left for her.
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