ClickStart director, David Meeson, is claiming fresh allegations against him for unpaid debt are the result of his training company's financial difficulties.
Meeson is currently defending himself in the Melbourne Magistrates Court against civil charges of monies owing to two individuals. This week, he also faces claims made by The Federal Capital Press of Australia in relation to order registration.
Meeson admitted the educator had been experiencing financial difficulties, which had resulted in the latest charges. He blamed the money shortages on its acquisition of Educom Australia in December 2003. That technical training business had been in receivership since January of that year.
"The financial implication of taking the intellectual property of Educom has been a hard pill to swallow," he said. "But we do see where we are headed."
One training provider told ARN his company was owed several thousand dollars for its services.
He had received four cheques from Meeson but they had all bounced, the provider said. He was now in discussions with a debt collector to retrieve the money.
In response, Meeson claimed he had reached agreements with most affected parties. He would not comment further on his current civil court cases.
It is not the first time Meeson has faced charges for not paying debts. He was sentenced to nine months jail and placed on a two-year good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to a number of charges laid by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) in 2001.
These included not paying debts of more than $5000, as well as 10 counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception totalling $31,000.
ClickStart provides a range of Microsoft-based training courses, as well as several graphics and design streams. The company is based in Melbourne.
Meeson said it was now looking to expand into more open source-based courses.
"I hope to eventually see all the applications in Microsoft operate in open source," he said. "We are aiming to be forerunners in that area."