Harcourts Alliance area manager Thomas Massam said he had met Michael and Canh Le, who have been charged with managing an illegal foreign workforce and money laundering.
He had listed two multi-|million dollar properties for the men and another brother, Dan.
‘I have worked in an advisory manner to Michael, Dan and Canh Le who are directors of Thangs Family Co Pty Ltd for approximately eight years,’ Mr Massam said.
‘During this time I have found them all to be respectful, well-mannered and definitely astute business people.
‘They have requested that I appraise properties for them, have sought my help in a multimillion-dollar land swap with a neighbour and have listed two of their farming properties with me ” 292 Carabooda Road, Carabooda, and 219 Bernard Road North, Carabooda.’
Mr Massam said such farm properties would be highly sought-after because they had large water licences. ‘The Le family purchased 113 Safari Place, Carabooda, in 2008 and purchased 102 Safari Place, the property where the compound was built, in 2010.’
He said he was shocked at the charges that were laid and other Carabooda residents echoed this reaction.
‘I have spoken to many of my Carabooda clients and they are very surprised at what has happened,’ he said.
‘They have all said the Le family were hard-working and efficient, and producing a very high-quality product and the largest tomato growers in the State.’
Mr Massam said he was unsure what would happen to the properties listed by the brothers after Saturday’s raid.