Sara Huegill, wife of Swimming legend Geoff Huegill, was arrested last month for allegedly shoplifting a $2500 pair of pants from a luxury boutique in Byron Bay.
Now, it has been revealed that A Current Affair was investigating deals Sara had been making with multiple small businesses around the country.
Small business owner Allie told 9 News she was frustrated by a contract she had signed with Sara and her PR business ROW A PR.
In exchange for an upfront payment of $3300, Sara would apparently use her PR contacts and industry insiders to help promote Allie’s swimwear retail website, I Dream of Bikini.
Weeks into her three-month contract, almost all of the promised work had not been done.
Allie said, 'I started to think, maybe I’ve wasted my money.'
At the conclusion of the contract, Allie saw no results for her investment which forced her to take Sara to court. She claimed she asked Sara for a full refund, but didn't hear back from her.
The investigation discovered four other businesses with similar stories.
According to the reports, Sara would offer business owner's a contract, usually for two or three months, and outline the kind of PR work she could do for the brand, but the money always had to be paid upfront.
Jay Silvester and Daniel LeShak met Geoff and Sara while selling their health drink BB Unleash at their local markets.
Sara emailed them the next day with an offer to do their PR work.
Daniel told 9 News, 'The main thing was obviously her contact list, there was about 20 people ranging from swimmers to other sport celebrities, models etc.'
The pair reveal it soon became apparent Sara was not going to deliver.
'We have no evidence that she did anything for us other than a photo of our bottles up against a wall with a white bag behind it,' Jay said.
A business search of Sara revealed that the PR agent's company, ROW A PR PTY LTD, had been deregistered since November 2016 and her ABN had been cancelled in August of last year.
All contracts with the small business owners spoken to 9 News started a contract with Sara after 2016. ASIC has been contacted with this information and they are now making inquiries.