A flower scandal has rocked one of Sydney’s most exclusive suburbs, as a rich and famous young florist is accused of fraud and accused of leaving a series of unpaid debts in the city.
Brennon Mrzyk, 25, arrived in Sydney’s upscale Double Bay suburb two years ago and took over a prime site in exclusive Ferrari and Bentley shopping street for her florist business, Mr Flamboyant.
Originally, Mrzyk charmed local businessmen who saw the young Tasmanian as “just the nicest guy” for his quick wit and charm. Wealthy customers flock to his store.
However, it all came crashing down last month as Mrzyk faced court charged with alleged credit card fraud and he was evicted from his high street shop accused of failing to pay an unpaid rent bill of $33,000, which he disputes.
For his part, Mrzyk claims he faced an orchestrated attempt by locals to bring him down after he broke up with his partner.
Brennon Mrzyk, 25, (pictured) florist to Sydney’s glitzy rich and famous, is at the center of a neighborhood case over alleged unpaid debts and a fraud charge
Double Bay real estate agent Renata Biller discovered it was allegedly robbed after her accountant spotted cell phone charges on her credit card statements. Meanwhile, rival florist Louise Jennings (pictured right) of neighboring Mandalay Florists has revealed she actually employed Mrzyk for just one day when he first arrived in Sydney
Mrzyk’s store, Mr Flamboyant, before it was emptied recently
Now, furious locals are going after the handsome young florist as a series of allegations are leveled against him and his shop is emptied.
Mrzyk was charged last November with the misdemeanor of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception, following a five-month investigation into fraudulent transactions on the credit card of Cole Hair Studios owner Mariah Rota.
Mrzyk plans to challenge the charge in court.
Local estate agent Renata Biller, of Biller Property, separately claims she noticed suspicious transactions in her bank accounts after buying flowers from Mrzyk’s business.
“We are a village here and we all try to support each other, so when a new young florist arrived we were eager to give him a chance,” Ms Biller said.
“The hairdresser next door said he was amazing, so we started getting flowers for the office – but a bit later… some transactions (allegedly showed up) on our accounts that weren’t ours. “
Mrzyk is said to have left a series of debts across the city, with a florist admitting the Tasmanian could be attacked if he sets foot in Sydney’s flower markets after allegedly racking up unpaid bills.
Separately, Mrzyk is also accused of leaving a series of debts across town and failing in business deals.
A delivery man worked hard for Mrzyk on Valentine’s Day, delivering roses to the rich and famous in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and claims he was left penniless.
Disabled pensioner Frank, who asked that his last name not be used, says he is now desperately trying to contact all of the customers he delivered to in hopes they can help recover the $372 that he claims to owe him.
“I drove nine hours straight to deliver 28 bouquets of flowers to her on Valentine’s Day,” Frank told Daily Mail Australia.
Double Bay portrait photographer Mark Morffew briefly went into business with Mrzyk before abandoning the project after four weeks.
“The warning signs were there from the start,” he revealed. “There were heavies at the door once for unpaid bills at the flower markets. He seemed like the nicest guy.
Mrzyk denied dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception at Downing Central Local Court last month
An ex-partner of Mrzyk had suspicions that something was wrong. He revealed, “It was all about looking like a hit.
“He was always very determined and driven by the impression that he had a lot of success.
“He could have had a very successful business. Everyone was pulling and supporting him.
Rival florist Louise Jennings of neighboring Mandalay florists has revealed she actually employed Mrzyk for just one day when he first arrived in Sydney.
“He arrived three or four years ago and asked for shifts… He didn’t even put enough water in his vases for the flowers. It was just amateurish.
Double Bay portrait photographer Mark Morffew has revealed how locals were allegedly tricked
In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, Mrzyk claimed he faced an orchestrated attempt by locals to bring him down after splitting from his partner.
“I’ve been in business for over five years now,” he said. “And one thing I’ve learned is don’t mix with fake bitches.
“I’m a good person, and always have been. I’ve always put people first and been generous at the best of times and good people who know me know that.
‘Everybody makes mistakes. I have a very successful business and we will continue to rise above that. I have a great team of collaborators and we are about to open a new location.’
Mrzyk denied his accusation of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception at Downing Central Local Court last month. He will return to court in August.