Conman Peter Foster has been raided by police investigating allegations he may have tried to procure a murder.
The ABC can reveal Foster is alleged to have been trying to organise the murder of Ken Gamble, an Australian private detective working for victims of scams allegedly perpetrated by Foster.
In November, just three weeks after being released early from an 18-month jail sentence, Foster allegedly began trying to engage the services of a hit man in the Philippines, where Mr Gamble is based.
On Tuesday morning detectives from New South Wales and Queensland raided the home of Foster’s mother at Sovereign Island on the Gold Coast and another property at Ewingsdale near Byron Bay.
No one was arrested and no arrest warrant has been issued for Foster.
Police have not revealed the results of their investigation, although a number of items were seized during the raids.
There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by Foster’s mother.
The Australian Federal Police has been involved in the operation.
The ABC is seeking comment from Peter Foster.
Mr Gamble led NSW detectives to Foster in Byron Bay last year while he was on the run, leading to his arrest and jailing for 18 months on an outstanding warrant.
Mr Gamble is working for more than 150 investors in a sports trading scam allegedly masterminded by Foster called Sports Trading Club, which is also the subject of a criminal fraud investigation by NSW police.
“I’m shocked that it’s come to this,” Mr Gamble told the ABC.
“I’m just someone trying to do his job and trying to get people’s money back.”
The investors have launched a class action against Foster and others in the Supreme Court in NSW.
They have also obtained injunctions freezing $9 million in bank accounts linked to Sports Trading Club in Hong Kong, Vanuatu and the Cayman Islands.
It has been alleged in court in Hong Kong that Foster used more than $1 million from a single Perth victim of Sports Trading Club to buy a luxury motor yacht called The Next Adventure.
The court has heard Foster’s niece Arabella Foster controls bank accounts in Hong Kong that hold $6.7 million allegedly transferred from Australia by companies connected with Sports Trading Club.
Foster claimed last month in a signed affidavit that he was living off the support of his mother and had assets of no more than $5000.
But it has been alleged in court documents that Foster forged the signature of the Justice of the Peace named as having witnessed the document.
The Federal Court judge who ordered Foster’s early release from jail in October kept his reasons for doing so confidential.