Glamorous wife of property developer jailed over $80million cocaine smuggling plot faces being booted from their $2.5million Sydney mansion despite vowing to stand by her husband
- Matthew Doyle was jailed for trying to smuggle $80million of cocaine into Aus
- His lawyer has served him notice for bankruptcy, saying he owes legal fees
- If the claim is successful Doyle would have to sell his assets including his homes
- His wife Kelsea has vowed to stand by him and is living in a $2.5million mansion
The glamorous wife of a property developer jailed for trying to smuggle $80million worth of cocaine into Australia may be kicked out of her $2.5million mansion to pay back the lawyer who represented her husband.
Former Sydney party boy Matthew Doyle, 33, pleaded guilty to supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug after he was arrested in September 2019.
He is serving a maximum of eight years behind bars and has now been served a bankruptcy notice by Robert Kaufmann – who represented Doyle before his guilty plea for drug smuggling.
Mr Kaufmann claims Doyle owes him legal fees of more than $184,000.
Former Sydney party boy Matthew Doyle, 33, (pictured with wife Kelsea) pleaded guilty to supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug after he was arrested in September, 2019.
Doyle would be forced to give up his assets to pay the debt if Mr Kaufmann is successful, including the home the 33-year-old’s wife Kelsea and their young child share in Burraneer in Sydney’s south, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Other assets include another property in nearby Caringbah, a Land Rover, shares in 16 companies and cash.
The bankruptcy matter will be heard in the Federal Court on February 1.
Mr Kaufmann had sued Doyle earlier this year in a civil matter and won the case with the court ordering the now convicted drug smuggler to pay the large sum.
But as Doyle did not meet the October 20 deadline Mr Kauffman is now attempting to have the 33-year-old declared bankrupt.
Doyle will have until January 28 to contest the bankruptcy claim, and if he fails will ordered to appear to defend the application.
His former lawyer has claimed Doyle owes him more than $184,000 in legal funds. Mrs Doyle has always vowed to stand by her husband (pictured together) who will serve a minimum of five years behind bars.
Mrs Doyle has always vowed to stand by her husband, who will serve a minimum of five years behind bars.
‘It’s been an extremely tough 12 months for our family. I’m just thankful it’s now over,’ Mrs Doyle said after he was sentenced in September last year.
‘I would love to be left in peace to get on with looking after my child and supporting my husband and I would appreciate the media would finally give me some privacy.’
Matthew Doyle (left, with his wife Kelsea) pleaded guilty to supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug
Kelsea Doyle would potentially lose her home if the lawyer’s bankruptcy notice is successful
Undercover police had been posing as drug dealers while Doyle and his accomplices attempted to smuggle in the cocaine into Australia.
Detectives had recorded conversations with Doyle since April 2019.
In one recording, Doyle claimed he ‘was not a gangster but a businessman and loved money and loved making money for people and making friends’.