24 March 2022

Former Courgette chef James Mussillon pleads guilty to money laundering

| Albert McKnight
James Mussillon

James Mussillon, former owner and chef of Canberra’s popular Courgette restaurant. Photo: Supplied.

The famed former chef from award-winning Canberra restaurant Courgette has admitted to being involved in several crimes, including money laundering and perjury.

James Daniel Mussillon pleaded guilty to five charges in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday (24 March), while six others were withdrawn.

When the 49-year-old was arrested in August 2021, ACT Policing alleged he facilitated the laundering of cash earned by 28-year-old Mohammed Al-Mofathel via his restaurant.

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The details of the crimes Mussillon admitted to have not been released as the facts of his case are yet to be finalised.

However, the charges he pleaded guilty to are making false evidence, general dishonesty influencing a public official and obtaining property by deception, in addition to the money laundering and perjury charges.

Magistrate Robert Cook granted Mussillon bail and his matter will next appear in court for directions on 7 April.

Al-Mofathel of Holt has previously pleaded not guilty and remains before the courts.

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