Martin Penney

Martin Penney (AMI church goer 1994 – 2010)

Update: July 2012  -Martin Penney withdraws $2.2mill civil proceedings against Ps Leo, Assistant Ps Veneziano and Youth Minister Veneziano after he realises proof exists of him being a police informant against AMI. Martin Penney is exposed as a SAPOL informant in an Australian Taxation Office (ATO) document. Note: ATO also relied heavily on his flawed information. FOI documents from South Australian Police (SAPOL) & South Australian Director of Public Prosecution (SA DPP) investigations support the ATO document and show him to be one of the witnesses deemed unreliable by the DPP. (ref: Evidence Against M Penney, DPP media conference & SAPOL website pdfs below)

Evidence Against MPenney DPP Media Conference-27July2011 SAPOL Website – Facts

February 2012

As a former AMI volunteer & supporter, Martin Penney had ‘run foul’ of federal government agencies in 2009 (Dept. of Immigration, AFP & ATO).

In 2009, on behalf of the Department of Immigration, the AFP raided Martin Penney’s property housing his residence and business. Subsequently he was charged with breaching the Migrant Worker 457 Visa requirements yet mysteriously, when his case went to court, he got off these charges.

During this raid unsecured ammunition was discovered and he was later fined under the Firearms Act of 1977.

Evidence has emerged that it is believed shows him to be a deceiver and fraudster – a dangerous man.

It is believed that initially, Martin Penney colluded with his brother-in-law (SAPOL officer Robert Michaels) and other officers, along with state and federal law enforcement, using extensive access to information & resources, plotted, planned and carried out this attack. It is alleged Martin Penney and his associates were paid off in order to assist unethical & corrupt SA government officials to orchestrate events (media stories & civil court cases) to smear AMI & to influence others (see others in red below) to attack this charity.

  • 15th February 2008: Meeting of AMI churchgoers where Martin Penney verbally attacks and falsely accuses Ps Leo. Witnesses have provided signed statements substantiating this event and his words.
  • 13th February 2010: Many witnesses attest to being approached by Martin Penney during the reception for Ps Leo’s daughter’s wedding on the 13th February 2010. During this event he was speaking against the Pastor and the Church.
  • April 2010 – It appears Today Tonight, Adelaide, TV Channel 7’s current affairs program staff conspired with SAPOL & Martin Penney (& his associates and others he’s believed to have incited) to publicly discredit AMI, portraying it as some sort of ‘cult’. A ruthless fear and terror crusade began and continues unabated.

Note: Why hasn’t any news agency approached AMI for their side of the story? Not ONE news agency requested permission to interview AMI at the time – yet an official statement from Ps Leo was sent to all media outlets in Australia soon after the event to defend his name. No-one published the statement. Why?  Could it be because it didn’t suit their purpose? Could it be because it wouldn’t attract the same ratings – it wasn’t sensational enough?

Shady Deal?
Shady Deal?

It is believed that Martin Penney was paid a considerable sum by some people, formerly in South Australian politics, who have an interest in the counter claim over Ps. R. Leo’s assigned rights on sizeable (2500 km²) mining exploration leases in South Australia. Martin Penney is thought to have already received hundreds of thousands of dollars for his pursuit of the Pastor and his colleagues, siblings Joseph & Mari Veneziano.  (It is thought that a thorough investigation into Martin Penney’s income sources over the period will reveal this).

It is further believed Martin Penney’s attempt to hide his own company’s tax evasion scheme (showing profits as donations to AMI, as charity, without actually paying these monies to AMI) was another strongly motivating force. A statement from someone who had a conversation with Martin Penney on this subject confirms the likelihood of this being true.

Note: When Ps Leo found out about this he confronted Martin Penney, saying that if indeed he had tried to do any such thing he (Ps Leo) would have to tell the ATO the truth. Did this feed Martin Penney’s secret hatred of the Pastor?

And it appears he had other powerful motives too – jealousy and greed (he has been overheard by others expressing this jealousy and had launched a civil case to exhort monies from AMI kmowing that most of these funds are being held on trust for parishioners).

As evidence in documents provided for this civil case, Martin Penney’s credit card details show extensive purchases of ammunition for what he claims was for AMI. In addition he had access to the

Note: When this was highlighted to SA Police and AFP by AMI supporters, it seems nothing was done about it.

Early May 2010 – A ‘hitman’ is organised to kill Pastor R. Leo. As he’s driving from his home to the church, he’s pursued through Adelaide streets. When he pulls over, the person in the car behind stops too. As Ps Leo gets out of his car a gunman points the weapon at him, before being disturbed by others driving by. Ps Leo narrowly escapes. This incident occurs just a week before Ps Leo’s scheduled departure to Fiji.

Late May 2010 – Martin Penney launches false claim for $1.2 million in South Australia’s civil court with an affidavit in which he swears he only recently discovered certain (untrue) information on which his claim is based. Is this perjury? (refer to his affidavit extract in the ‘evidence against’ pdf below)

Update: July 2012  -Martin Penney withdraws $2.2mill civil proceedings against Ps Leo, Assistant Ps Veneziano and Youth Minister Veneziano after he realises proof exists of him being a police informant against AMI. Martin Penney is exposed as a SAPOL informant in an Australian Taxation Office (ATO) document. Note: ATO also relied heavily on his flawed information. FOI documents from South Australian Police (SAPOL) & South Australian Director of Public Prosecution (SA DPP) investigations support the ATO document and show him to be one of the witnesses deemed unreliable by the DPP. (ref: Evidence Against M Penney, DPP media conference & SAPOL website pdfs below)

Evidence Against MPenney DPP Media Conference-27July2011 SAPOL Website – Facts

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