It may seem that things have been quiet but behind the scenes the Firepower storyline continues to play out. The criminal trial against former CEO John Finnin on an unrelated matter is reportedly due to begin on Monday, June 22, in the County Court in Victoria. He denies the charges and told the Irish Mail-on-Sunday (unavailable online) he was unable to defend himself in public yet, for legal reasons. Finnin has cooperated with authorities investigating Firepower and is scathing in his criticism of conman Tim Johnston, telling the Irish paper Johnston was “charming, like all conmen” and that he, Finnin, would be the chief witness if Johnston ever went on trial.
Meanwhile one of the heroes of the Firepower story, the Australian international basketball player Jason Smith, has retired from the game. Smith is a charming man who had the courage to be one of the first to stand up to Johnston and it was the saga over his former team, the Sydney Kings, that brought the fraud to a close.