“The property development company that has been contracted by the Government to build the theme park and resort is called Meridian Pty Ltd,” says Cookie. “I thought it would be money well spent if I paid $40 for a company search to find out who the company director is.”
She pauses for effect.
“Lincoln Porter,” she says.
“That cocksucker,” says Spencer, then checks himself. “Sorry, Lavinia. I mean, that…snake.”
“I should have guessed,” says Raj.
“Can someone fill me in?” says Garth. “I don’t know who Lincoln Porter is.”
“He’s a multi-millionaire property developer and the vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce,” says Raj. “His companies have been linked to numerous shady deals and offshore tax dodges and I know for a fact that a lot of his money comes from bribes and kickbacks. He is also very good friends with a number of influential politicians. A lot of mud has been thrown at him over the years but none of it has stuck, thanks mainly to his connections.”
“He sounds like a real slimeball,” says Garth.
“Well, I’ll introduce you to him on Friday night at the launch party and you can make up your own mind,” says Raj.
“You’ve invited him to the launch?” says Spence. “The fu- I mean, why would you do that?”
“I’ve invited everyone who’s on the board of the Chamber of Commerce,” says Raj pleasantly.
“But they rejected your application! Why the f- why the hell would you want them at your cocktail party?” says Spencer.
“Because I’ve learnt that it’s never a good idea to let my emotions affect my business decisions, Spencer,” says Raj.
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