Rabbi Joseph Gutnick Faces New Lawsuit Over Large Unpaid Debt

FORMER Melbourne Football Club president Joe Gutnick is again being sued, this time over claims of a debt that goes back almost a decade.

A week after he fell off the BRW rich list, the well known mining magnate is facing claims by businessman Benjamin Koppel, a director of the Supreme Packaging business in Clayton and a range of other Melbourne based investment companies.

A writ lodged in the Supreme Court of Victoria says Mr Koppel was chasing Mr Gutnick over “a debt repayment agreement signed by both the plaintiff and the defendant in 2008”.

The writ claims Mr Gutnick was to pay $750,000 by the end of December 2008.

It goes on to say he was to pay a further $750,000 every six months until the debt is repaid.

The action is the latest courtroom stoush for Mr Gutnick.

Last year he was dumped as chairman of Blackham Resources and faced legal action over claims he defaulted on a deal to plough capital into the miner.

Mr Gutnick last week dropped out of the BRW top 200 rich list.

The year before Mr Gutnick came in at 196 with wealth of $255 million.

The writ, that was lodged last week, puts down the claim to go before a judge at the Supreme Court in Melbourne.

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