The Strife and Crimes of Charlie Johns
(Bonus documentary evidence in the comments section)
In the lead up to the 2012 elections, one of the local crooks running for council approached John Uliana and offered to pay for his entire election campaign. He also promised to do everything in his power to get Uliana elected as part of their coalition.
But there was a catch.
“Most of the time you can vote anyway you want, but on certain motions you must vote the way the coalition decides.”
John Uliana thanked them for the opportunity, but politely declined. He was running his own race, he said. There was no way he was going to team up with what was commonly known as the Bowral Mafia.
From that time forward, and after Uliana was elected to council, the mafia and their evil henchman, Charlie Johns, attacked the first time councillor at every opportunity.
In fact, the long running vendetta against Uliana lasted the 4 years of his council term.
Charlie Johns’ role in the witch-hunt was his usual modus operandi. 1. Stitch up Uliana with fabricated charges of unlawful conduct and behaviour. 2. Use council meetings and the Questions from the Public section to accuse Uliana of committing crimes. 3. Continue to bully and intimidate Uliana with more and more allegations of crime, and hound him relentlessly for months, even years, if necessary.
They constantly harassed Uliana in an attempt to have him sacked as a councillor, just so they’d have the balance of power in the end.
This all happened between 2012 and 2016.
As part of the vendetta, Charlie Johns perpetuated the rumour that Uliana had asbestos on his Gibraltar Hotel golf course in an attempt to have Uliana’s business shut down. When that didn’t work, Charlie Johns proceeded to smear Uliana’s name in the local media about the asbestos issue, calling on the council and authorities to take action. While he was vilifying Uliana in the public domain, Charlie Johns was putting questions to council at literally every council meeting (around 20 meetings per year).
The questions were either directed to Uliana about the fake asbestos issue, or they were questioning the council as to why they weren’t investigating Uliana about the alleged asbestos on his land.
In the end, and following an exhaustive investigation costing upwards of $50,000, there was no asbestos.
Charlie Johns had perpetuated a lie.
He’d attacked Uliana relentlessly, and even after 4 years of baseless allegations of wrongdoing, John Uliana was never once found to have breached the council’s strict code of conduct regulations, and he was never investigated by the police for any matter whatsoever.
Councillor Uliana had done nothing wrong.
In another attempt to destroy his political career, the crooks tried to stitch up Uliana for illegal earthworks that allegedly took place on a property he owned on Range Rd, Mittagong. In fact, the illegal earthworks occurred on a neighbouring property, and had nothing to do with Uliana.
Once again, Charlie Johns and Co perpetrated a vicious rumour, and once again, Charlie Johns attempted to hold Uliana to account via a smear campaign which included constant questioning of the matter at council meetings.
The Bowral Mafia undertook a witch-hunt against the neighbour responsible for the illegal earthworks, but their intention was to stitch Uliana up in another attempt to have him sacked from council.
The attached meeting minute is a good example of Charlie Johns’ modus operandi.
(It should be noted that after 4 years of allegations about the illegal earthworks, John Uliana was totally exonerated in the end, and the accusations of criminal activity against Uliana were proven to be totally unfounded. They were a complete fabrication).
WSC Council Meeting – 24 July, 2013 – Questions from the Public.
1. Mr Charlie Johns
“Regarding legal issues and at the 8 May, 2013 Council reports spending almost $35,000 on legal costs relating to excavations at Range Road Mittagong,” Charlie Johns began as part of his statement/question (see attached pic). “I have an email from Joe Lorincz of Spring Hill, a neighbouring property claiming damage to his property from these excavations,” stated Charlie. “A title search of the properties confirms Mr Lorincz claims the excavations, the storage of some 50,000 tonnes of soil and the removal of a large number of trees, are actually on Cl John Uliana’s property.”
But let’s stop here for a moment.
Sure enough, there had been illegal earthworks at the time, but it had nothing to do with John Uliana, and it concerned a neighbouring property. Charlie Johns’ question from the gallery was fabricated, and he blatantly mislead the council by saying the illegal earthworks were Uliana’s responsibility.
They weren’t, and Charlie Johns lied to try and implicate Uliana in something illegal.
Charlie Johns stated that 50,000 tons of earth had been stored on Uliana’s land.
Another lie. In fact, the neighbour responsible for the illegal earthworks dumped the 50,000 tons of dirt on both Uliana’s property and that of Joe Lorincz’s. Uliana was a victim of the illegal movement of earthworks, as was Lorincz.
Charlie Johns also stated that Uliana had illegally removed a number of large trees and further alleged that he didn’t have a DA in place to cut down the trees .
Charlie Johns ended the question by alleging that Uliana was selling the property, and as part of the contract of sale, Uliana had agreed to undertake illegal earthworks and the removal of large trees. In fact, Charlie Johns and Co placed an unlawful caveat on the property, and not only did it impact Uliana’s attempt to sell the Range Rd residence, it ended up devaluing the property because of the caveat.
These were the type of lies Charlie Johns was perpetuating at the time, and at no stage did Johns provide any evidence of Uliana acting unlawfully.
It was a brazen attempt to deprive the council of John Uliana’s ability to vote in the best interests of the community, and it was a blatant attempt by Johns to have Uliana charged for a crime he didn’t commit.
And it was all based on lies concocted by Charlie Johns and Co.
In 2018, I confronted Charlie Johns with evidence of his long-term corruption, including details of his attempt to frame John Uliana. A month later I was arrested for stalking and intimidation, after Johns made false and misleading statements to Hume District Police Division (and he did so with the full support of a handful of corrupt officers, the same bent cops who’d been protecting members of the Bowral Mafia for years).
Charlie lied to the police in an attempt to have me framed. He lied to the court. And I got convicted for a crime I didn’t commit.
Charlie Johns is dead, and the Highlands is now free of the most notorious crook this community has ever known.
He was evil, and he would stop at nothing to destroy a person’s reputation, their career, and their life if necessary.
If you’ve suffered a similar injustice because of Charlie Johns’ corruption, I want to hear your story.
Please call Adam Greenwood on 0409 871 763.
As an investigative reporter, I can guarantee your anonymity, and I never reveal my sources.
Now that Charlie Johns is no more, the Highlands’ needs to hold him to account.
Check out the comments section for further documentary evidence of Charlie attempting to frame Councillor Uliana for crimes he didn’t commit.
It should also be noted that at the bottom of the attached council meeting minute, there’s the following statement – ‘Mr Charlie Johns offered two additional questions that were ruled out of order by the Mayor’. The questions by Johns would’ve been considered harassment (and that’s why they were rejected), or they would’ve been vexatious or malicious.
This was the modus operandi of Charlie Johns.
Bully, threaten and intimidate.
He was the main standover man for the Bowral Mafia.