The daughter of Michael Boghdadi Asaad promises to confront her Conrel-father, Centrelink, after a life has been a crime
The American stepdaughter of & # 39; Michael Boghdadi Asaad & # 39 ;, one of the world's most notorious conmen, has vowed to confront him in Sydney
A ruthless crime scene has finally caught up with one of the world's most notorious rioters who have followed Australia for more than three decades after fleeing the USA and leaving his family & # 39; starve & # 39 ;.
The serious scammer hung a long criminal rap over Australia, including a conviction of heroin supply and multiple counts of fraud – in one case Centrelink, the national welfare agency, got the job of $ 90,000.
The now 80-year-old arrived in the country at the end of the eighties on a Canadian passport in the name of Rick Michaels – making his 18-year-old crime effective in the US.
Later, he cheated the authorities to give him an Australian passport under the name Michael Boghdadi Asaad, claiming he was born in Tasmania and that the fire destroyed his original document.
In 2017, authorities finally discovered who he was: the Egyptian-born criminal Farouk Asaad, after he tried to claim an old age pension in a last attempt to deceive taxpayers in Australia.
But the renowned fraudster has so far been flying under the radar of immigration officials.
Daily Mail Australia understands that Asaad is being held at the Villawood Detention Center in Sydney and finally expelled after a multinational criminal career of nearly 50 years.
His stepdaughter Heidi Kiernan, formally Heidi Asaad, told Daily Mail Australia that she would travel to Sydney from her home in Florida to come face to face with the man who abandoned her and would see him eating from the country.
I've never been touched by hell that he has helped me through, the hell he left me with, the broken promises and the shattered heart. These wounds run deep … I have my passport ready, "Kiernan said.
The conman's long list of criminal convictions include heroin offerings and multiple counts of fraud. He is pictured with his Australian wife, Antoinette
Asaad & # 39; s stepdaughter Heidi Kiernan (pictured), formally Heidi Asaad, told Daily Mail Australia from her home in Florida that she plans to travel to Australia to come face to face with the man in her left the sting and would see him recharge from the land
Ms. Kiernan and her private investigator Bill Hagler suspected that Asaad had used an alias to regain access to the US after he failed to show up at a Sydney court in late 2017 due to overloaded driving.
But it is clear that the elderly scammer has been held in Villawood since May last year when he tried to enter Australia with another fake passport.
I've never come through what he led me through … the broken promises and the shattered heart. These wounds run deep.
I fell to my knees and wept happy tears when I heard it [Asaad had been detained], & # 39; Kiernan said.
"He did not just abandon my mother and hurt him, he did me too. I will never forgive it. I hope to confront him in Villawood himself. & # 39;
Mr. Hagler, a former bounty hunter who has captured some of America's most wanted fugitives, describes Asaad as the "scammer of the Western world." and the best of the best & # 39; when it comes to fraud criminals.
& # 39; He is very, very smart and so smooth. He can make every deal in the book, "said Mr. Hagler against Daily Mail Australia.
He loves Australia because the laws are not as strict for white-collar crimes as in the United States. He left [the US] when they started distributing life sentences for the types of crimes he had committed. & # 39;
Asaad married in 1971 with the mother of Mrs. Kiernan, Annette (pictured together) – allowing the Egyptian citizen to stay in the US
Mrs Kiernan (pictured as a child) said that Asaad her father & # 39; was from the age of two until her 17th when he left her
Asaad was reportedly in and out of American prisons between 1971 and 1987 on accusations ranging from bank fraud to embezzlement and the passing of false checks.
He married Ms. Kiernan's mother, Annette, in 1971, allowing the Egyptian citizen to stay in the US.
He is very, very smart and so smooth – he can make every deal in the book.
Kiernan claims that Asaad added bigamy to his long list of crimes when he bet in 1986 when 21-year-old Antoinette Lahood was in a Las Vegas chapel while he was still married to her mother.
Asaad met Antoinette's father, the Australian drug lord Harry Lahood, while he was behind bars in Washington State prison last year, Kiernan said.
When he was released from prison, Asaad left Ms. Kiernan's mother and moved Antoinette to their home in Florida, where she soon married her.
Mrs Kiernan is seen by her friend and private investigator Bill Hagler. They had suspected that Asaad used an alias to regain access to the US after he had not shown up to a court in Sydney at the end of 2017 for an offense
Asaad left the mother of Mrs. Kiernan (pictured together) and moved Antoinette to their parents home in Florida, with whom she married secretly shortly thereafter.
& # 39; I saw Antoinette in 1987 and I cried her [Asaad] was a married man, that I was his daughter and had a heart. She did not tell me a word about their marriage, "Kiernan said.
& # 39; I still received letters from [Asaad] in 1987 … he would sign the letters, "Love Daddy & # 39 ;. & # 39;
When a court assigned the house in Florida to Ms. Kiernan's mother, Asaad fled the state-and with federal authorities on the heels of a series of fraud-related cases-a plane quickly boarded for Australia.
He let the mother and daughter in Florida starve & # 39 ;, Hagler said.
Asaad married the mother of Mrs. Kiernan, Annette, in 1971 (marriage certificate left) before marriage Antoinette Lahood in 1986
& # 39; He is very, very smart and so smooth. He can make every deal in the book – he has nine lives, "said Mr Hagler about Asaad (photo)
Asaad's Las Vegas wedding with Antoinette was a sham-a marriage he always moved to Australia, where he would continue a life full of crimes, said Ms. Kiernan.
He loves Australia because the laws are not as strict for white-collar crimes as in the United States.
He is illegally married to Antoinette while he was still married to my mother, to stay in Australia … to start his dirty deeds in your country, & # 39; she said.
Antoinette and Asaad now have seven children together in Australia.
One, Michael Asaad Jr., made his own claim to fame in 2009 when he was filmed while he hit a reporter in the face because they were making a story about his family outside their home on the Gold Coast.
Ms. Kiernan and Mr. Hagler suspected that Asaad would return to the US after he had not turned up for a court in Sydney because of a rickety driving action, which was recorded on CCTV (photo)
Asaad's Las Vegas wedding with Antoinette was a sham – a marriage he always moved to Australia, where he would continue a life full of crimes, according to Ms. Kiernan (pictured with husband, Todd)
Meanwhile, in 1987, almost two years after Asaad had abandoned her, Kiernan confronted him in a prison in South Florida and asked him if he cared that she was broke and hungry.
During a heated discussion, Asaad always swore to "stay part of her life." It was a promise that was spectacularly broken.
The last time Mrs. Kiernan saw Asaad – who they from their twos & # 39; dad & # 39; mentioned until she was 17 – was 28 years ago, when he traveled back to the US, probably on the passport of Rick Michaels.
& # 39; I still received letters from [Asaad] in 1987, the year in which I graduated from high school. He would love the letters & # 39; Love Daddy & # 39; & # 39; sign, & # 39; said Kiernan
The last time Mrs Kiernan (pictured in a recent photo) saw Asaad was 28 years ago, when he traveled back to the US, probably on the passport of Rick Michaels
& # 39; In 1991 I saw him on the street. He walked hand in hand [Antoinette]who was pregnant – again. I ran to him and called & # 39; & # 39; Daddy! & # 39; & # 39; He told me to leave. Very painful, "said Ms. Kiernan.
& # 39;[Antoinette] has always known of my mother and me, but went through the false marriage and got seven children – for which you paid land.
& # 39; I still see him as a daddy. His family … still considers me as a family. But at the same time, Dad makes me a scared girl. & # 39;
HEIDI ASAAD CONFRONTS HER STEPFATHER IN JAIL
Heidi Kiernan (pictured as a child), formally Heidi Asaad, confronted her stepfather in prison in 1987, about two years after he left her family
In 1987 I heard that he was in prison in West Palm Beach. I was 18 and graduated from high school. I could get my ID.
He did not know I was coming. To my surprise he did not wait for me. Antoinette was sitting on the only small round chair that was talking to him [Asaad], via a telephone, because there was a glass between them.
She was pregnant. As soon [Asaad] saw me behind him, he turned white. I leaned forward, shouted in her ear to get up. She answered, he owes me money. I told her to take a number and pushed her to the ground where she stayed. To cry.
I screamed through the glass that his wife and daughter needed him. I asked if he even said that I was broke and hungry.
I have & # 39; Dad & # 39; repeatedly cried. I made ruckus, prisoners came to his window and guards came to me. [Asaad] I asked to go home and come back when I got quiet.
I then received a three page letter from him. I still have that.
Later that same year he came to the house of my friend, where I had moved. [He is] now my husband, Todd. He took us to lunch and promised me the world, a new car and money to help me.
He also promised to always be a part of my life.
Kiernan said that Asaad (pictured left and right with her mother, Annette) has always promised to remain a part of her life, & # 39; It was a promise that was never fulfilled
In 1992, years after arriving in Australia, Asaad used a fake baptism form to obtain a birth certificate. A court later found that a fire that he claimed destroyed his original certificate had never happened.
He used the birth certificate to obtain a passport and although he was convicted of a series of crimes, he slipped for decades under the radar of the immigration authorities.
In 1993, he was convicted of heroin trafficking and served eleven months behind the bars, according to the documents of the Supreme Court of Queensland.
Hagler claimed that it was Asaad's connection with Harry Lahood who led him to drug trafficking.
& # 39; He agreed to become a mule in the drug trade. Never before has this conman been involved in drugs. Normally a conman is not involved in drugs. He says to the people – he is the bank, "said Mr. Hagler.
& # 39; In 1971, a new daddy appeared, Ms. Kiernan signed this photo of her stepfather, Michael Boghdadi Asaad, alias Farouk Asaad
Mrs. Kiernan (pictured as a young woman) said: & # 39; I still see him as a daddy. His family … still considers me as a family. But at the same time, Dad makes me a scared girl. & # 39;
Asaad was convicted for a series of fraud-related offenses that stretched from 1994 to 2009, as well as various suretyship, state citizenship.
In 2002, Asaad declared his bankruptcy almost $ 400,000 at the age of 72, shortly before setting up a pizza restaurant on the Gold Coast.
In 2005, he was convicted of preparing to leave Australia as a non-repaid bankruptcy – as well as doing business while he was bankrupt – and sentenced to three months' imprisonment.
He was later convicted of bankruptcy at an exclusive school in Perth, which attended one of his sons in 2004 and earned a debt of $ 16,000. He served six months of a 12-month sentence.
In 2010, Asaad was jailed for nine months after not declaring to companies that he was bankrupt, leaving thousands of dollars out of his pocket.
The district court in Brisbane heard at the time that he lied to creditors about his graduation from Harvard with an MBA and he also worked in management positions at several American banks.
Daily Mail Australia understands that Asaad is now being held at the Villawood Detention Center in Sydney and will eventually be deported after an international criminal career of nearly 50 years
Mrs. Kiernan is pictured on her wedding day in 1989 with her lifelong friend and private investigator, Bill Hagler
Under his false identity, Asaad spent $ 89,161 on Centrelink between 2002 and 2009, describing what prosecutors described as "calculated, refined, and determined fraud." In 2016 he was sentenced to a prison sentence of 13 months.
When the application for an old-age pension was rejected in 2017, the Administrative Court ruled that Asaad was not born in Australia, as he claimed.
He told the tribunal that his parents moved abroad when he was three years old and that he was cared for by a Lebanese family in the town of Moree in New South Wales.
"He was asked by the tribunal why he had such a strong accent, since he was born in Australia", tribunal member Ron McCallum then wrote in his decision.
"Mr. Asaad said that his accent was because he lived on a farm on Moree with Arabic-speaking people. Mr. Asaad said he did not go to school and that he only learned to read and write when he was an adult. & # 39;
Mrs Kiernan (pictured as a young woman) said: & # 39;[Antoinette] has always known from my mother and me, but went through the false marriage and got seven children – for which you paid land & # 39;
Ms. Kiernan said that Asaad was the only father she was & # 39; was from the age of two until she was 17. Pictured: she marries her partner Todd in 1989
McCallum noticed that Asaad did not meet the conditions for the old-age pension.
The decision eventually brought him into the face of the Ministry of the Interior, with Peter Dutton at the end of 2017, who ordered a complete report on the activities of the Conman.
The department recently told Daily Mail Australia that it was & # 39; aware & # 39; from Asaad, but said it could not comment on individuals.
& # 39; Foreigners who do not have a valid visa are liable for detention and expulsion from Australia & # 39 ;, according to a spokesperson for the department.
An FBI premium of $ 1 million on Asaad, announced in 1990, is considered to continue to this day.
Mr. Hagler, who has been pursuing Asaad for nearly four decades, said that he and Mrs. Kiernan are right there & # 39; would be in Australia when it is deported.
& # 39; We have our passports ready to go … I have been a huge thorn in his side for years – and I am very proud of it, "he said.
The Department of Home Affairs did not respond to Daily Mail Australia's questions about the detention and imminent deportation of Asaad.
Mrs. Kiernan married her teenage friend Todd in 1989. They share two children and live together in Florida.
DEPARTMENT OF DOMESTIC AFFAIRS CRUSHED AT ASAAD
The Department of Home Affairs (Minister Peter Dutton pictured) said that it was aware of the case of Asaad
The department is aware of this case, but can not comment on individuals & # 39 ;, told a Home Affairs spokesperson to Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; Pursuant to Article 501 of the Migration Act 1958, there are strong provisions that allow the Minister or a delegate to refuse or cancel a visa if the person is not deemed to have a good character.
& # 39; A person can refuse the personnel test for a number of reasons, including but not limited to cases where a non-citizen has a substantial criminal record. Such a consideration shall take into account the circumstances of an entire case, including possible conflicting factors.
"It is open to a foreigner whose visa has been canceled or refused to request judicial review of the decision.
& # 39; Foreign nationals who do not have a valid visa are liable for detention and removal from Australia, pending resolution of pending cases. & # 39;
Mrs Kiernan is now married to her teenage love Todd Kiernan. They share two children together. The family can be seen in a recent photo
Pictured: Bill Hagler, a former bounty hunter who captured some of America's most wanted fugitives. He has been pursuing Asaad for decades
& WHY DO YOU HAVE SUCH PAIN? & # 39; HEIDI & S HARTBREKEND OPEN LETTER TO HER CONMAN STEPFATHER – 33 YEARS AFTER HE LOST HER
Although the years have passed. Who I am has not changed. I am the little blond girl you once held in your arms when I was only a year old. I am Heidi Asaad, the little girl that you happy & # 39; Dad & # 39; called.
I was too young to know better. Too young to give. You were daddy. That's all I knew. The man who bought me M & M & # 39; s when my mother called me & # 39; no & # 39; would tell.
You were daddy. The man who would take me to Toys every Sunday after the church, as my mother would complain, & # 39; you spoil her! & # 39;
You were daddy. The man who was baptized in a Greek Orthodox church when I was five years old. The man who went that extra mile to have a legal document with your last name. A document that I still have today.
I was too young to understand. Too young to give.
Ms. Kiernan (as a child) wrote in an open letter to her stepfather (left): & # 39; I am Heidi Asaad, the little girl you liked to call & # 39; & # 39; Dad & # 39; & # 39;
You were my father, who was waiting in the car, with sweat dripping from your forehead, when my mother would throw me in the car late at night. We would be in a hurry. Departure on an adventure. & # 39; We'll be back for our stuff & # 39 ;, would you tell me. We would never return for them.
You were my father, who often left. & # 39; Dad is on a business trip, & # 39; my mother would tell me. I was too young not to believe my own mother.
While Dad was on a business trip, I drew pictures for you. Do you remember? Can you count how many drawings I made for you, a mother cat, with three kittens in a basket? I saw you in front of you in an office and I liked to stick my photos on the wall of your office.
I never doubted your whereabouts. Until my mother took me to visit you … in prison.
I was no longer too young to understand it. I was no longer too young to give.
It was a burden to wear such a secret at such a young age. Actually at any age. I could not tell anyone where my father was or where we came from.
& # 39; You were my father, who often left. & # 39; & # 39; Dad is on a business trip, & # 39; & # 39; my mother would tell me. I was too young not to believe my own mother, "Kiernan wrote
I would be in school one day and leave the next day. A life on the run.
Over the years, my mother and I have followed you and visited you in the different prisons where you ended up. I hated it. I hated our family secret. I found it terrible to move so often – never able to keep friends that I would make. I did not hate being able to tell new friends where we came from.
As I grew older, Dad, you became meaner. You hurt me … called me terrible names.
Every time you were released from prison, you were worse than when you went inside. What happened to my father?
When I was 16, you sent me away. You sent me to a boarding school. Bob Jones Academy. I was too old to run.
Although, I went to Bob Jones Academy, kicking and screaming. Thank you. You sent me away from the drama … I went to a school where I learned how much God loved me.
I came home, with Jesus in my heart.
Two weeks after you got home from school, you had the nervousness, the sweating that I knew so well. You gave my mother $ 200. You snapped at a court hearing, which you knew would put you back in jail. You promised my mother and me that you would send us once the dust had dissolved. A normal routine for us.
& # 39; Every time you were released from prison, you were worse than when you went in & # 39 ;, said Kiernan about Asaad. She is pictured with her future husband Todd when they were 17 years old
I held a suitcase and a box that sat at the door. Ik stond op elk moment klaar om je te bellen. Mijn moeder en ik hebben gewacht … en gewacht … en gewacht. Zelfs geen telefoontje.
Het geld was op. De sieraden die je mijn moeder had verteld om te verkopen … je nam.
Je hebt ons in de steek gelaten, papa. Onze naam, Asaad, was helemaal over het nieuws en het nieuws op de voorpagina, samen met je mugshot. Ik schaamde me en schaamde me. Om maar te zwijgen van honger.
Ik stopte met school om drie banen te werken. Ik werkte van 's morgens vroeg tot' s avonds laat. Het geld was nog steeds niet genoeg om een 3e hands auto, gas, kleding en eten te kopen.
Je hebt nooit gebeld. Je hebt nooit voor ons gestuurd! Papa! Ik was afhankelijk van je sinds ik twee jaar oud was en ik was nog maar 17 jaar oud – en heb nog steeds mijn vader nodig.
Toen ik hoorde dat je in de gevangenis zat, Gun Club Road in Palm Beach, reed ik met mijn auto zonder airconditioner en gebruikte ik het kleine geld dat ik nog voor gas had. Ik ben er naartoe gereden om je te zien.
'Heb je ooit gedacht aan het kleine meisje dat je grootgebracht had en je papa noemde?' ze vroeg haar conman-vader in de open brief
Ik was een paar minuten te laat, voor bezoekuren. Maar met mijn identificatie van Heidi Asaad kon ik naar binnen komen om je te zien. Ik kon niet wachten om je te zien! Papa was terug in de stad. Papa zou me redden. Ik zou geen honger meer krijgen! Papa was terug.
Toen ik de hoek omsloeg, was ik verrast een zwangere vrouw op de stoel te zien die mij verteld was te gaan zitten.
Papa! Herinner je je die dag nog? Elk oor in de gevangenis van Gun Club hoorde me schreeuwen. Hoe kon je me in de steek laten? Begin een ander gezin, terwijl je nog steeds met mijn moeder bent getrouwd? Nog steeds verantwoordelijk voor mij?
Ik ontving je brief een paar dagen later. Ik heb nog steeds die brief. Je hebt beloofd om nog voor me te zorgen. Beloofd om altijd mijn vader te zijn. Je hebt de brief ondertekend, 'Love Daddy'.
Papa, waarom veroorzaakte je zoveel pijn? Het is meer dan 30 jaar geleden en het is een wond die nooit is genezen.
Heb je ooit gedacht aan het kleine meisje dat je grootgebracht had en noemde je papa?