Australia Tradies allege 'worm' owes them half a million dollars

13:46  11 august  2017
13:46  11 august  2017 Source:   9News.com.au

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Tradies allege ' worm ' owes them half a million dollars . A group of contractors has joined forces to pursue the man they claim hired them to build a service station and then refused to pay them almost half a million dollars they were owed .

Local. Tradies allege ' worm ' owes them half a million dollars . A group of contractors has joined forces to pursue the man they claim hired them to build a service station and then refused to pay them almost half a million dollars they were owed .

 A group of contractors has joined forces to pursue the man they claim hired them to build a service station and then refused to pay them almost half a million dollars they were owed.

The contractors say Frank Nadinic, who at the time worked for Subcontracting Services trading as Octane Australia Pty Ltd, presented them with a brief to build a United service station.

Although Mr Nadinic was not a director of Subcontracting Services - which has since entered voluntary liquidation - the contractors claim he ran the project and signed crucial documents.

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Local. Tradies allege ' worm ' owes them half a million dollars . A group of contractors has joined forces to pursue the man they claim hired them to build a service station and then refused to pay them almost half a million dollars they were owed .

Local. Tradies allege ' worm ' owes them half a million dollars . A group of contractors has joined forces to pursue the man they claim hired them to build a service station and then refused to pay them almost half a million dollars they were owed .

Now, they claim, hundreds of thousands of dollars are still owed.

Chris McLean, who installed the fuel system, said he was still owed $147,000.

"(Mr Nadinic) gets you sucked in, he gets half your money as you're going along, and then coming into the job he does a runner," Mr McLean said.

"He goes underground, like worms do."

$100 Australian dollar notes. © AAP Image/Dan Peled $100 Australian dollar notes. Mr McLean said the job had been done "perfectly" - as quoted, on budget and in time.

He said Mr Nadinic hadn't given him a straight answer as to why he had not been paid, but accused them of leaving work unfinished.

Another contractor, Robert Brodecky, did the panelling work on the project.

It was his fledgling company's first major job, and he said the $55,000 they were still owed had "pretty much sunk" them.

"We've just been operating under a year and basically every last cent I had in savings had to go back into the company to keep us afloat, and pay all our debts for the materials," he said.

The contractors said with Subcontracting Services in liquidation they faced difficulties in knowing who to pursue over the alleged missing payments.

Mr Nadinic refused to comment when approached by A Current Affair.

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