Allegations of non-delivery of vitamins, milk powder, and beauty items to China have resulted in a lawsuit against a Melbourne pharmacy for more than $6.5 million.
PharmaDeal Pharmacy of Ascot Vale is owned by Alex Puthenpurackal, who has been sued by a group of Chinese-born wholesalers for allegedly failing to produce supplies and refusing to provide refunds.
Chinese desire for health goods from firms like Swisse, Blackmores, and Bellamy’s has been highlighted by the poisonous commercial battle.
A number of Mr. Puthenpurackal’s former clients are suing him for breach of contract and misleading or deceptive behaviour, according to documents filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
A. P. Puthenpurackal.
Some have been compelled to abandon their houses, relocate across state lines for work, put in 80-hour weeks, and remove their children from prestigious private schools.
In addition to Mr. Puthenpurackal’s company, vitamin giant Blackmores has filed suit in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. A representative from Blackmores said she couldn’t comment on the nature of the disagreement or the amount of damages being sought.
Mr. Puthenpurackal, however, vehemently denies owing money to either Blackmores or angry customers, and in some cases has even filed counter-claims asserting that he is owed millions of dollars.
His attorney, Jules Marra of SGM Legal, claims that Mr. Puthenpurackal’s debtor has been trying to collect the money owed to him by employing the services of notorious underworld figure Mick Gatto.
To the best of my knowledge, Mick Gatto is Italian.
In the name of Jason South.
Mr. Gatto texted Mr. Puthenpurackal on May 9, 2019.
“We’d want to have coffee with you, Alex, and talk over everything. You promised to call, but haven’t as of now, “According to the message, Mr. Gatto said the following.
When approached by The Age, Mr. Gatto declined to comment.
Former customers of Mr. Puthenpurackal, meanwhile, have denied having any dealings with the criminal.
Jie Li, a Chinese businessman, has stated under oath to police and in court records that in June of 2017 Mr. Puthenpurackal told him to advance for all purchases since “that was the way wholesale worked”
Within a matter of months though, Mr. Li argues that the supplied product and payments cannot be matched up. Mr. Jie’s firm paid Mr. Puthenpurackal’s company $42,366,881 between February 2017 and August 2018, but Mr. Puthenpurackal says in a letter filed with the Supreme Court that he only got shares worth $37,593,900.
Using the alias Alex Jestin, Mr. Puthenpurackal seems to concede in an email to Mr. Li dated August 6 of last year that he owes him money, before creating a payback plan for $5.4 million spread across four payments.
Mr. Li hired private investigators, or “forensic accountants,” to investigate the disappearance of about $5.2 million in inventory.
Mr. Li claims that he and Mr. Gatto have never met.
“Both my wife and I have lost all hope. We are at a loss for action. Our entire life money is gone, and even her parents’ savings is gone. Because of this, we had to sell two houses and pull the kids out of school. We feel completely duped, “In an interview with The Age, Mr. Li stated the following.
Mr. Puthenpurackal and his attorney, Mr. Marra, are planning to “vigorously defend the claims made against him and has issued substantial counter-claims” because they believe the events unfolded differently.
“Our client has tried several times to settle disagreements by extending invitations to independent audits in the spirit of mutual cooperation. Repeatedly declining these invites, “A statement made by Mr. Marra.
Since “As there is ongoing litigation about these matters it is inappropriate to comment any further,” he stated.
Mr. Puthenpurackal and his attorney have been accused by SLF Lawyers partner John Gdanski, who is acting on behalf of a number of creditors, of purposely postponing mediation.
Vivian Luan, a businesswoman of Chinese descent, is represented by Mr. Gdanski. She has filed a writ in the Victorian Supreme Court claiming she is entitled to a refund of $895,786 for vitamins and skin-care goods that she never got.
She also has emails that appear to be from Mr. Puthenpurackal acknowledging the debt and making arrangements for payments.
“According to our discussion, I have an outstanding stock payment obligation of $889,661.55. By 10/08/18, I will have refunded this amount “On August 4 of last year, Mr. Puthenpurackal emailed me saying.
As a result of her legal action against Mr. Puthenpurackal, Ms. Luan claims she has been working seven days a week, which has caused her stress and depression.
She claims that the family feud is mostly due to the financial strain, as everyone involved lost money investing in her firm.
Even Ms. Luan says she and Mr. Gatto never had any communication.
If you are being misled, you must also take legal action to defend your rights and interests. There can never be a fair conclusion if the law is defended by breaching the law.
While the Anti-Corruption Commission looks into the policeman, it is anticipated that the pharmacy’s debt issue can be further handled and the victims will get fair treatment.