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An ex-lawyer has admitted to scamming firms into subsidising football matches that never took place.
Adam Liaw won Australia's MasterChef in 2010, and is now a celebrity chef, but he started his career as a lawyer in Australia.
In a recent interview, Liaw confessed that he and other lawyers set up a fake football league in order to con their firms into paying them money.
Liaw recalled that when he was a young lawyer, twenty years ago: "We started a soccer team that played in this legal soccer division with a lot of other young lawyers around Adelaide at the time."
"And so each law firm had its own teams, and...every Monday we'd tell the results of the weekend, and we'd let the firm know exactly what had happened," said Liaw.
They wrote up match reports, and the firm dished out money for uniforms and "celebrations after the game."
"Except there was no soccer team," Liaw revealed. "We had orchestrated it with all the other young lawyers around Adelaide that there was this multiple league thing."
Some of the TV hosts interviewing Liaw gasped in shock. But one responded: "That's great, I love it. This is where it's at."
It is not known which firms were scammed by Liaw and his co-conspirators. However, according to his LinkedIn profile, Liaw worked as a solicitor at Finlaysons, Allens Arthur Robinson Group between 1999 and 2001, and he was an associate at Kelly & Co Lawyers between 2002 and 2004.
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