WA's worst fine defaulters, some owing nearly $250,000, have been named and shamed on a website launched by the State Government.
The website publishes the names of the top 100 defaulters, along with the suburb or town they live in and the amount of money owed in outstanding fines and infringements.
Attorney-General Michael Mischin said the move formed part of a package of reforms targeting a small group of serial offenders who were cheating taxpayers out of millions of dollars.
Mr Mischin said the most serious fine defaulters owed $67 million out of a total of $259 million in unpaid infringements and court fines.
“The top 100 fine defaulters list is frankly staggering. Every person on the list each owes tens of thousands of dollars, with a handful of individuals and companies owing between $100,000 and $250,000 each,” he said.
“It not only indicates a pattern of law breaking, but a complete disregard for our laws and for their fellow West Australians.
"The money from these unpaid fines and infringements should rightly be available for schools, hospitals and infrastructure.”
The Attorney-General said there had been a sharp increase in the payment of overdue fines and infringements in advance of new laws targeting serial offenders. The laws come into effect today.
Under the new laws, the Sheriff’s Office will have the power to wheel clamp vehicles or seize licence plates belonging to serious defaulters with more than $2000 in unpaid infringements, or unpaid court fines.
"These laws have already had an impact - even before they took effect. Since the launch of these measures on August 4, 10,257 people have paid 12,478 outstanding matters in full. During this same period 2986 people have entered into some form of payment arrangement,” Mr Mischin said.
“The total amount of money paid in part or in full since August 4 is more than $3.9 million. These figures include 639 defaulters who have paid almost $900,000 and would have been targeted for enhanced enforcement measures.
“I suggest those individuals and companies who don’t want their names and details published for all to see on the web should immediately pay their fines and infringements or enter into time to pay arrangements with the Fines Enforcement Registry.”
The Attorney-General said in the worst cases, the removal of licence plates could be permanent.
The top 100 list is at paymyfines.wa.gov.au. Individuals and companies can also visit the site to pay outstanding fines or infringements or they can phone the Fines Enforcement Registry on 1300 650 235 or 9235 0235 from mobile phones.TOP 5 INDIVIDUALS:
SALIBA, Carmelo Charles NORANDA $192,760.20
GENG, Tiexiang RIVERVALE $121,134.00
IENCO, Sandra BALCATTA $101,545.50
MARSH, Roger John BENDIGO $82,255.10
CHANEY, Joseph Bryant DOUBLEVIEW $73,796.10
STEWART, Paul Christopher KEWDALE $56,947.10TOP 5 COMPANIES:
QUADTILLA PTY LTD NORTHLANDS PRIVATE BOXES $250,316.00
ABLE LOTT HOLDINGS PTY LTD COOLBELLUP $247,586.00
COASTLINE PLASTERING & PAINTING SERV P/L BUNBURY $165,813.70
WU MING ENTERPRISES PTY LTD CANNING VALE $60,550.70
BASINI PTY LTD MOUNT LAWLEY $54,120.70