Almost $500,000 in Flood Relief Frozen in Bank Accounts in Conspiracy Theorist Scandal
Well the SMS has done their little “hit piece” on us and it’s actually pretty good.
Firstly, it’s interesting to note just how sloppy the writer is,
making multiple typos on the spelling of my surname.
they have bought to the attention of their readership the issues of weather modification and the WEF that has its grubby tentacles reaching deep into the region.
they were VERY careful not to insinuate that I received any funds to my personal account on behalf of flood victims or from Aussie helping hands because that never happened.
People sent me donations to help with MY expenses and those were gladly received.
I am back down there today with new beds for Paul and Shiny and Im helping deliver a huge load of donated furniture out to Bungal Wolbin.
Almost $500,000 in flood relief frozen in bank accounts in conspiracy theorist scandal
When authorities failed to provide adequate relief to the besieged Northern Rivers as it was hit by catastrophic floods, a consortium of anti-government activists stepped into the void. Aussie Helping Hands raised almost half a million dollars in a few short weeks – as well as questions about its legitimacy.
Two months on from the catastrophe, hundreds of thousands of dollars in much-needed donations has been frozen, multiple bank accounts shuttered, a police investigation is under way and the charity is to be wound up, with those involved distancing themselves from the scandal.
Prominent conspiracy theorist David Oneeglio takes a selfie with flood victims.
Aussie Helping Hands was founded by Dorothy “Dotti” Janssen, a Queenslander who runs the website Common Law Australia, which espouses “live birth affidavits” as an alternative to “the disguise of registration of you at birth via a birth certificate making you their property and enslaved to their system”.
A cached version of the charity’s website says that prominent conspiracy theorist David Oneeglio worked with Janssen to establish AHH.
Dorothy “Dotti” Janssen
Oneeglio says that is not the case. “I asked for my name to be removed because people thought I controlled the accounts.”
He told his 73,000 Telegram followers that he was not involved with the failed charity beyond being a volunteer and money sent to his personal account was for his expenses working on disaster relief.
His jet ski is “flogged”, as is his truck, he said, and those donations were separate from those of Aussie Helping Hands.
A widely followed conspiracy theorist, Onegglio came to prominence as an anti-lockdown protester last year. A close friend of disgraced celebrity chef Pete Evans, Onegglio posts often on his social channels uploading images of “chem bombs”, chastising media and politicians and disparaging the vaccine mandate.
“There’s plenty of things I’d do differently or better… but the one thing I and everyone we have worked with knows for sure; we have done no harm,” he said in a Telegram post.
Oneeglio’s personal and business bank accounts were frozen last month by regulators investigating the charity, as was that of AHH.
Failure to register Aussie Helping Hands as a charity piqued the attention of Fair Trading departments in both NSW and Queensland. Both are investigating now, as are NSW Police.
The Aussie Helping Hands website was removed after The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age began investigating the charity.
Lismore City councillor Elly Bird said that at the height of the second big flood, AHH supporters piled into Facebook group Resilient Lismore, used by more than 30,000 people in the area, and accused organisers of being part of a government conspiracy.
“This happened at the time that we were trying to share critical emergency information to our community about how to keep safe as we were experiencing a big flood,” Bird said.
“They were saying things like don’t trust them, the only real people to trust is AHH. They said governments deliberately [caused the floods] to communities of the Northern Rivers through cloud seeding.”
The episode exposed the network of loosely connected anti-government activists, galvanised around various conspiracy theories, which quickly acted to capitalise on the sentiment in the Northern Rivers that the government response was woefully inadequate.
Janssen declined to comment this week. Both she and Oneeglio were represented by former solicitor Serene Teffaha, who contacted The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age on their behalf earlier this month and said a “regulatory hurdle” was to blame for the frozen bank accounts.
In subsequent contact on Wednesday, Teffaha said she is no longer acting for either Janssen or Oneeglio.
Serene Teffaha contacted The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age on behalf of Onneglio and Janssen, then later said she was not working with them.
Teffaha is a well-known lawyer in Melbourne who rose to prominence as a member of anti-lockdown campaigns and had her licence to practise law cancelled by Victoria’s legal regulator.
AHH was earlier this month incorporated into the Gold Coast-based Universal Church of Love, Peace and Equality, a registered charity that last year had an income of $2411. Janssen was initially listed as a board member, but her name has since been removed from the charity register.
“Since this is an ongoing investigation with the Office of Fair Trading, we cannot comment on the matter. Universal Church of Love, Peace & Equality Inc. is cooperating fully,” founder Shane St Reynolds said.
The author of Abracadabra, Blessings & Affirmations: The secret behind 11:11 and powerful affirmations!, St Reynolds’ ventures include Flexible Finance Advisory, a “Non Bank Finance Specialist and facilitator of debt and equity solutions” and the now-shuttered Atlantean Dolphin Healing Centre.
AHH had a number of high-profile supporters.
Adam Whittington has taken steps to distance himself from Aussie Helping Hands
One was Adam Whittington, a self-styled child recovery expert who spent four months in a Beirut prison after a botched abduction “recovery” of Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner’s two children alongside 60 Minutes in 2016.
“Since Project Rescue Children joined with Beinc & Aussiehelpinghands, a total of $94,000 has been raised, PLUS thousands of your donated items,” he wrote on Facebook on March 8.
Whittington posted the bank account details of his business, Project Rescue Children, the bank account of which is linked to a shared working space in hipster enclave Collingwood, in Melbourne’s inner-suburbs.
Project Rescue Children director Kurt Smith responded on behalf of Whittington, who he said was in Ukraine, and distanced the organisation from AHH but said they had collected scarce items for people in need.
“After, [when we] understood there was a large amount of trolling and very nasty things going on online targeting the people behind AHH, apparently stemming from people for and against COVID, PRC agreed to discontinue all association.”
Also spruiking AHH is Rinat Strahlhofer, the founder of anti-5G group We Are Not SAM and Northern Rivers for Safe Technology, a group that drew the ire of the Lock The Gate Alliance for an advertisement in the Byron Shire Echo that implored readers to “Lock your Gate to 5G”.
A former Telstra employee, Strahlhofer claimed among other things that disaster relief groups Resilient Lismore and Resilient Byron were pushing an agenda to force residents into high-rise buildings.
Strahlhofer told The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age that she trusts Oneeglio and that AHH had funnelled $5000 to one of her friends.
“Dave was quickly galvanising the community whilst calling out Geoengineering, the controversial World Economic Forum’s Climate Change narrative and the push for Smart Cities and Agenda 2030,” Strahlhofer said.
“I donated to AHH as I trust Dave Oneeglio and what he’s doing on the ground.”