A fraudster who almost bamboozled the NSW government out of $430million by offering a fake shipment of masks is a self-proclaimed Texan oil executive known as 'Big Daddy'.
Former American college footballer Arael Doolittle, 56, has pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge after admitting trying to sell 50 million non-existent N95 masks to the state government last year.
On about March 30, Doolittle found a potential buyer in Premier Gladys Berejiklian's government.
The only problem was he didn't have the masks, according to a plea agreement before the US Southern District Court for Texas.
Doolittle 'falsely claimed that he possessed 50 million 3M N95 masks, and he offered to sell them to Australia for $5.50 per mask for a total purchase price ... of $US275million,' the court document said.
Former American college footballer Arael 'Big Daddy' Doolittle has admitted trying to sell the New South Wales government 50 million N95 face masks last year which didn't exist. The sale was stopped when the US Secret Service intervened
The Houston father was hoping to be the recipient of more than $300million from the NSW government in exchange for a shipment of 50 million non-existent N95 masks last year
$5.50 is several times the normal