Archive for February, 2010

First arrest

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Police have finally made their first arrest over the $100 million Firepower scandal but the surprise is it’s not any of the people responsible for diddling mums and dads. Instead, police have charged a Perth real estate agent with attempting to extort money from Firepower chief Tim Johnston.

Gold Coast detectives flew to Perth this week with a warrant for the arrest of Maxwell Raymond Healy over the alleged extortion attempt, which the West Australian reports was made last month.

How brave after the event

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Government departments  are amazingly brave all of sudden in cracking down on the miracle claims of new fuel saving products. Independent testing of a New Zealand device touted as fuel saving, has found it is useless, Western Australia’s Department of Consumer Protection says. Consumer Protection said the Fuelstar Combustion Catalyst failed to deliver petrol savings and emissions reductions promised by promoters of the product.

But it is strange to see how history is re-written. This was the same state government department that sat on its hands for more than a year before moving on Firepower. And it is now claiming to have stepped in to stop the Firepower scam – giving the impression it moved quickly. Mind you, I will give it credit for being the only government department to even ask a question.