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The family of a handsome florist accused of defrauding Sydney‘s rich and famous have furiously defended him as new details emerge of his mounting debts.
Sydney’s ritzy Double Bay has been rocked by the scandalous allegations against ‘sweet’ Brennon Mrzyk, 25, who ran the Mr Flamboyant florist.
The young Tasmanian allegedly used clients’ credit card details to pay his own bills and left a trail of debt across the city including to flower suppliers and deliverymen.
He denied the fraud charge in court last month but was kicked out of his prime site premises in the glamorous shopping strip over an alleged $33,000 in unpaid rent
Now his family, still living in Tasmania, has rallied around him, with sister Cassandra Mrzyk branding the allegations ‘a bunch of bulls**t’.
Brennon Mrzyk, 25, (pictured) florist to Sydney’s glitzy rich and famous, is at the centre of a neighbourhood stoush over alleged unpaid debts and a fraud charge as new details emerge
Mrzyk’s property developer mother Tania Mrzyk (pictured left) has furiously defended her son while sister Cassandra Mrzyk (right) branded the allegations a ‘bunch of bulls***’
‘We will all be there to support him in court, if that’s what it comes to. There’s been a lot of bullsh**tting,’ she said.
His property developer mother Tania Mrzyk also responded angrily to the accusations against her florist son, who previously worked as a model and featured in a Vodafone ad campaign on the side of buses in Tasmania.
‘My son has done nothing at all,’ she insisted. She denied allegations of any family rift, adding: ‘He does not owe his family any money whatsoever.’
Mrzyk bragged to Daily Mail Australia on Monday that he had a family trust fund and insisted the court allegations were part of a conspiracy against him.
However, Daily Mail Australia can reveal he is still being chased by Tasmanian state authorities for almost $10,000 in unpaid fines under his real name, Brendon Thomas Mrzyk.
Brennon Mrzyk previously worked as a model and featured in a Vodafone ad campaign on the side of buses in Tasmania
He is named in the island state’s public list of state fine dodgers after running up a $9,905.40 debt from 42 unpaid fines.
Tasmania’s Monetary Penalty Enforcement Service regularly publishes the names of fine dodgers until they are paid or the sanctions are dropped.
Its list of offenders – including Mrzyk – has the the warning: ‘The following enforcement debtors have failed to pay their monetary penalties.
‘[They] are now subject to enforcement action which can include: Publication of name, suspension of driver licence and vehicle registration, redirection of money (salary or savings), seizure and sale of assets.’
The Federal Court in Brisbane also made a court order against Mrzyk to allow BMW Australia Finance to repossess his BMW X3 SUV in 2017.
The court was told Mrzyk owed thousands on the upmarket car and was ordered to hand it over or BMW would take it from his family home in Tasmania.
Mrzyk was also ordered to pay BMW $7,627.44 with another $3,102 in costs. He did not appear at any of the three court dates to defend himself.
The Federal Court was told Mrzyk owed thousands on the upmarket BMW X3 (similar to the one pictured) and was ordered to hand over its keys and let BMW reclaim it from the family home in Tasmania
‘That’s to do with Brennon,’ his sister Cassandra said. ‘That’s got nothing to do with me. That’s it, that’s all I’m saying.’
Mrzyk set up shop two years ago in Sydney’s Ferrari and Bentley-studded Double Bay – beloved by social media influencers and the city’s rich and famous – and was immediately embraced by locals.
He initially charmed local businesspeople who viewed the young Tasmanian as ‘just the sweetest guy’ for his quick wit and good looks, bringing wealthy customers flocking to his store.
However, it all came crashing down last month as Mrzyk faced court charged with alleged credit card fraud and was kicked out of his high street shop accused of failing to pay a $33,000 unpaid rent bill, which he disputes.
For his part, Mrzyk claimed he faced an orchestrated attempt by locals to bring him down after he split up with his boyfriend.
Double Bay real estate agent Renata Biller found she was allegedly fleeced after her book keeper allegedly spotted mobile phone charges on her credit card statements. Meanwhile rival florist Louise Jennings (pictured right) of neighbouring Mandalay florists revealed she had actually employed Mrzyk for just one day when he first arrived in Sydney
Mrzyk’s store, Mr Flamboyant, before it was cleared out recently
Now furious locals hit out at the handsome young florist as a series of allegations were levelled against him, and his shop was cleared out.
Mrzyk was charged last November with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception, after a five-month investigation into fraudulent transactions on the credit card of Cole Hair Studios owner Mariah Rota.
Mrzyk is planning to fight the charge in court.
Local real estate agent Renata Biller, of Biller Property, separately claimed she noticed suspicious transactions on her bank accounts after buying flowers from Mrzyk’s business.
‘We’re a village here and we all try to support each other so when a new young florist came in, we were keen to give him a go,’ she said.
‘The hairdresser next door said he was amazing so we started getting flowers for the office from him – but a while later… some transactions (allegedly appeared) on our accounts which were not ours.’
Mrzyk allegedly left a string of debts across the city, with one florist admitting the Tasmanian could be attacked if he set foot in Sydney’s flower markets after he allegedly ran up unpaid bills
Mrzyk is also accused of leaving a string of other debts across the city, along with failed business deals.
One delivery man worked flat out for Mrzyk on Valentine’s Day delivering roses to the rich and famous in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and claimed he was made penniless.
Disability pensioner Frank, who asked for his surname not to be used, said he was desperately trying to contact all the clients he made deliveries to in the hope they could help recoup the $372 he claimed he was owed.
‘I drove for nine hours straight delivering 28 bunches of flowers on Valentine’s Day for him,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
Double Bay portrait photographer Mark Morffew briefly went into business with Mrzyk before abandoning the project after four weeks.
‘The warning signs were there from the start,’ he said. ‘There were heavies at the door once for unpaid bills at the flower markets. He seemed like the sweetest guy.’
Mrzyk denied dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception at Downing Central Local Court last month
An ex-boyfriend of Mrzyk had his suspicions something was not right.
‘It was all about looking like a success. He was always very determined and driven by looking like he was very successful,’ he said.
‘He could have had a very successful business. Everyone was gunning for him and supporting him.’
Rival florist Louise Jennings of neighbouring Mandalay florists said she actually employed Mrzyk for just one day when he first arrived in Sydney.
‘He turned up three or four years ago and asked for some shifts… He didn’t even put enough water in his vases for the flowers. It was just amateurish,’ she said.
Double Bay portrait photographer Mark Morffew revealed how locals had allegedly been deceived
In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, Mrzyk claimed he faced an orchestrated attempt by locals to bring him down after splitting up with his partner.
‘I’ve been in business more than five years now,’ he said. ‘And one thing I’ve learnt is don’t mix with fake a**e bitches.
‘I’m a good person, and always have been. I always put people first and was generous at the best of times and the right people who know me, know that.
‘Everyone makes mistakes. I have a very successful business and we will continue to rise above this. I have a beautiful team of staff and we are about to open a new premises.’
Mrzyk denied his charge of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception at Downing Central Local Court last month. He will return to court in August.