Megafraud appeal: 'The plan was being hatched here'
JAILED Kleenmaid fraudster Bradley Wendell Young's fate now lies with the state's top judges.
The former Sunshine Coast whitegoods businessman went to Queensland Court of Appeal this week, saying a miscarriage of justice spawned his nine-year prison term.
Jurors in 2016 found he dishonestly secured a $13million Westpac loan and incurred debts while insolvent.
On Friday, Commonwealth prosecutor Wendy Abraham said Young's appeal pivoted on "selective" arguments.
Ms Abraham said jurors were well placed to reject Young's evidence at trial and find he acted dishonestly.
Judge Brad Farr, who sentenced Young, said the Coast man concealed the true nature of relations between businesses Edis and Orchard KM Pty Ltd.
Orchard, according to ASIC, was the main trading company in the old Kleenmaid Group.
Judge Farr said those companies effectively functioned as one business but Westpac was deceived about that.
"There was lengthy examination and cross-examination on these topics," Ms Abraham said.
Another argument this week was about whether jurors followed Judge Farr's directions.
"They followed at least some of the directions. We don't know if they followed them all," Justice Philip McMurdo said.
But Ms Abraham said there was no reason to suppose jurors did not follow all directions.
She said there was no basis to suggest jurors discounted expert evidence either.
She dismissed claims state jurisdiction was an issue.
"The plan was being hatched here."
But defence counsel Saul Holt said the Crown displayed an "utter failure to particularise the acts and omissions".
He said ASIC records showed a place of business for Edis was in NSW, not Queensland.
This raised issues about where any allegedly illegal "acts or omissions" occurred, he said.
Mr Holt doubled down on claims the prosecution case "morphed" during the trial.
He said the credibility of one email presented to jurors was "utterly destroyed" during the trial so wasn't mentioned at the trial's closing.
Prosecutors had also claimed Young was dishonest about how intertwined Kleenmaid was with the Edis Service Logistics company.
But Mr Holt said a crucial Westpac bank report was "generally positive about Edis".
The appeal court reserved its decision.