ClubSNSW has hit back at a terminally ill former employee who claimed its members failed to comply with money laundering laws, accusing him of “blatant self-interest and lies” and pretending to be a saint.
Troy Stolz, who worked at ClubSNSW from 2011 to 2019, is being sued by his former employer for breaching the confidentiality clause of his contract after he released an internal report that found 95 percent of registered clubs were not in compliance with laws on laundering of money. ClubSNSW is also suing him for contempt, claiming he intimidated, harassed or otherwise brought improper pressure on the organization in his public comments.
Wednesday, Stolz said Sydney Morning Herald that ClubsNSW used the court system to wear him down. He has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is not expected to survive beyond 14 months. He is also suing ClubsNSW for defamation and employee rights.
In a statement on Thursday, ClubSNSW said Stolz was not a whistleblower by any legal or moral definition and that if any of his claims had merit they would now be upheld by a government regulator.
“Mr. Stolz seeks to portray himself as a saint,” the statement said.
“The truth is that he initiated baseless lawsuits against ClubSNSW and then used every opportunity that credulous media would provide to seek millions of dollars in ‘walk away’ money from ClubSnSW.
“If a whistle is blown, it must be in relation to the blatant self-interest and lies of Troy Stolz as well as the failure of the media to challenge his false claims or ask simple questions about him based on a moment’s research.”
However, Stolz said ClubSNSW had written the document he released which is at the center of the dispute and the poor compliance rates were its own admission. He also rejected the claim that he was after money and pointed to his poor prognosis. “I won’t be able to use it where I’m going,” he said.