Michael "Mick" Featherstone is a corrupt former Gold Coast police officer and self-confessed criminal, who with impunity has run various fraud schemes for decades. A dirty cop, Featherstone was suspected of planting drugs on suspects, stealing confiscated cash and forming alliances with bikie gangs. Despite (or perhaps because of) this he rose through the ranks of the rancid Gold Coast police force, at one point heading the Surfers Paradise Criminal Investigation Branch. Questioned by the 1997 Carter corruption inquiry regarding police involvement in the drug trade, Michael Featherstone was allowed to retire from the police force at age 33. Featherstone then started running cold-calling fraud schemes, protected by his links within the police force.
Featherstone is involved with a myriad of boiler room pyramid schemes, dodgy gambling syndicates, predictive software scams and other "investments", stealing millions of dollar from the gullible. After this blog detailed how Featherstone associates were listing a circular investment scam on the ASX (with ASIC's blessing of course), Featherstone started bombarding Google with take-down requests. In Australia, the criminals decide what information you are allowed to access, so the blog posts were blocked for Australian readers. This censorship can be bypassed by adding "/ncr" to bypass the automatic country redirect, allowing Australians to read the banned posts.
Michael Featherstone's criminal activities were common knowledge in the area, but he was untouchable due to his connections. Anyone asking questions was first politely told to shut up, and then had their lives threatened if they persisted. Featherstone's criminal activities, spanning decades, were openly protected by the putrid Gold Coast police force. A well-known criminal, Featherstone was "photographed socialising with senior serving officers, was endorsed online by a Brisbane inspector and even gave a speech at a recent send-off for a high-ranking Gold Coast officer".
In September 2014, it was revealed that Michael Featherstone was under investigation from the Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC). Referring Featherstone to the CCC, officers openly admitted that it was unfeasible to have the rank police conduct this investigation, given Featherstone's connections and the current level of corruptness within the force.
After Featherstone's offices were raided and investigations began over his links with fraudulent investment schemes, his criminal associates started distancing themselves from him and one fled overseas. And what about that ASX-listed fraud scheme that brought Mick to this blog? It is still in full operation, with ASIC's blessing. The fraudsters now instead use their corrupt corporate lawyers to spam take-down requests, in all likelihood misappropriating shareholder funds for this purpose. Naturally, there has been absolutely no mention of the Michael "Mick" Featherstone case in the Sydney Morning Herald, the largest "newspaper" in Australia.