Downfall of Chris Hemsworth’s luxury real estate agent

Downfall of Chris Hemsworth’s luxury real estate agent


A luxury real estate agent lived an extravagant lifestyle of champagne, choppers and superyachts while counting Chris Hemsworth and Collette Dinnigan among her high end customers  But South African-born Nicolette van Wijngaarden, 44, now faces up to a decade behind bars after the consumer watchdog alleged she defrauded her customers of almost $3 7 million.Ms Van Wijngaarden recently pleaded guilty to two charges relating to defrauding customers by taking their sales deposits and tenants’ rental payments Fourteen other charges were withdrawn, including one offence relating to a $105,000 deposit by high-profile fashion designer Ms Dinnigan   Sources claimed that prior to her arrest, Ms Van Wijngaarden had a ‘Salim Mehajer-style’ big wedding in the Tweed Valley, drove luxury cars and flew first class to the Monaco Boat Show    Drinks in paradise: Unique Estates’s former boss Nicolette van Wijngaarden and her husband Andrew Crawley, who also worked at the company but was not accused of involvement One former employee said their wedding in the Tweed Valley four years ago was big – ‘Salim Mehajer style’ Above, the couple feed one another wedding cake Yachts and choppers: Ms Van Wijngaarden and her husband Andy Crawley, left and right, in various happy snaps Relaxing in paradise: Ms Van Wijngaarden chills in her swimmers in a mountain-side pool Former employee Simon Platt said: ‘Their wedding, people at their wedding were like, “my god, the money spent here is ridiculous’  ‘Salim Mehajer (the troubled former Auburn deputy mayor) had all the cars. I don’t think hers was that different ‘  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Award-winning Byron Bay real estate agent to the stars The Force isn’t that strong with this one! Asking price for. Share this article Share Black tie dinner: The wealthy coupleBefore Unique Estates went into liquidation, it sold multi-million dollar homes including a $25 million Airlie Beach mansion  In 2016, it was famously selling a Daintree rainforest property that resembled the Millenium Falcon and also sold a home that once belonged to Paul Hogan  The agency had won multiple awards, including best marketing and best website at the Asia Pacific Property Awards   Ms Van Wijngaarden’s husband, Andy Crawley, also worked at the company. He has not faced any charges   Fashion designer Collette Dinnigan is believed to count herself among Ms Van Wijngaarden’s alleged victims Mr Platt, her real estate agent, said he quit the firm after he had ‘alarm bells’ over the sale of one of Ms Dinnigan’s properties in Milton, New South Wales  Ms Dinnigan grew concerned when the fashion designer said she did not receive the five per cent deposit for a property she had sold  ‘Collette rings me and says, “I haven’t got her deposit money yet,’ said Mr Platt ‘I said, “what do you mean you haven’t got it? It settled two weeks ago.’  Ms Wijngaarden left and right with friends and right wearing a diamond engagement ring ‘Nicky and Andy’ at their wedding at Uki, in New South Wales’s Tweed ValleyMultiple sources have confirmed actor Chris Hemsworth was a customer of Ms van Wijngaarden’s company, when he was on the hunt for a high-end property  Ms van Wijngaarden managed Unique Estates’s high-end property sales for big names like Mr Hemsworth – although he wasn’t affected by the scam  ‘She was on direct communication lines with him, on phone, email, text messages.’ said Mr Platt  Another source said Mr Hemsworth had rented a home through the agency some time ago   Ms van Wijngaarden’s company specialised in high-end customers such as Byron Bay local Chris Hemsworth and fashion designer Collette DinniganMs Van Wijngaarden pleaded guilty to the two offences of ‘licensee fradulently convert money’ last week  One related to more than $1million of fraud, and the other for a more narrow charge relating to the sale of a Tintenbar property In a statement, a NSW Department of Fair Trading spokeswoman said: ‘One charge reflects the misappropriation of $2,527,935 01 of sales deposits and the other the misuse of $1,165,876 of rental payments by tenants ‘ The consumer watchdog said it was the largest case of real estate fraud ever recorded by Fair Trading   Ms Van Wijngaarden has been committed for sentence at the NSW District Court on July 12  Daily Mail Australia contacted Mr Hemsworth and Ms Dinnigan for comment.

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