Victorian man with gangland links in court over insurance scam
A man initially arrested for questioning over a fatal Melbourne gangland shooting but who has since been charged over a car insurance scam wants to know if anyone else is accused in his case.
Thomas "Little Tommy" Ivanovic appeared briefly in Sunshine Magistrates Court accused of obtaining property by deception.
The 44-year-old, who is legally known as Tomislav Ivanovic, allegedly damaged two cars and claimed $15,000 from an insurance company.
"Are there any co-accused?" Ivanovic asked via videolink on Friday.
"We'll be getting that information," his lawyer Anthony Condello replied.
His lawyer is seeking telephone intercept transcripts, text messages and multimedia messages to be provided to him by December.
"He conveyed to me he is certainly keen to progress this matter as quickly as possible," Mr Condello told the court.
Ivanovic also sought medical treatment for a broken finger, the court was told.
Ivanovic was arrested last week in connection to the May 2000 shooting death of Richard Mladenich, a former bodyguard of gangland figure Carl Williams.
The 37-year-old was shot dead at St Kilda's Esquire Motel.
Police said Ivanovic would be questioned over the killing but has not been charged.
Mr Mladenich's brother was part of a public appeal for information in July to try and catch the killer.
"I have not had a decent day for 19 years thinking about what could have happened to my brother," he said at the time.
"He left a heartbroken mother, a brother and a family. He didn't deserve what he got. He was a good family member ... he was a thug to a certain degree."
The family was unaware of his gangland associations.
Ivanovic made no application for bail.
The accused fraudster will next appear via video link for a contest mention in January.