Ex-wife of Billabong boss Mathew Perrin posts on Facebook about her 'nightmare nine years'

  •  Ex-wife of jailed ex-Billabong boss Mathew Perrin tells of ordeal family endured
  • Nicole Bricknell wrote on Facebook about the stress her family was under
  • Former Billabong CEO was found guilty of fraud and forgery on December 20 
  • He is set to be sentenced on January 27 and has been remanded in custody 

By John Carney and Rachel Eddie For Daily Mail Australia and Aap

Published: 21:43 EST, 3 January 2017 | Updated: 21:43 EST, 3 January 2017

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The ex-wife of jailed ex-Billabong boss Mathew Perrin has told of the nightmare her family's been through over the past nine years.     

Nicole Bricknell wrote a New Year's message on Facebook to say the saga that finished in Perrin's imprisonment in December showed that 'we are survivors'.

Perrin was found guilty of fraud and forgery on December 20 after faking his ex-wife Bricknell's signature to mortgage the family's $15 million house in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, in 2008.  

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Nicole Bricknell (pictured) has described the 'nightmare' her family has had to endure  Nicole Bricknell (pictured) has described the 'nightmare' her family has had to endure 

Nicole Bricknell (pictured) has described the 'nightmare' her family has had to endure 

Former Billabong CEO Matthew Perrin (pictured holding hands with his now-partner Belinda Otton) was convicted of nine counts of fraud and forgery on December 20 Former Billabong CEO Matthew Perrin (pictured holding hands with his now-partner Belinda Otton) was convicted of nine counts of fraud and forgery on December 20

Former Billabong CEO Matthew Perrin (pictured holding hands with his now-partner Belinda Otton) was convicted of nine counts of fraud and forgery on December 20

'Happy New Year. For my beautiful children... my family, extended family, myself and friends... I will stay strong, work hard and provide everything I can for my children,' she wrote. 

'I'm so proud of them and their strength and courage throughout this nightmare 9 years. 

'It's been horrific and they have generally been amazing. We've had ups and many many downs, but we are survivors.

'I love them so deeply and am beyond proud of my 3 [children].'

'I will stay strong, work hard and provide everything I can for my children,' Ms Bricknell (pictured) wrote on Facebook

Perrin faked his ex-wife Bricknell's signature on bank documents in 2008 (Ms Bricknell is pictured) Perrin faked his ex-wife Bricknell's signature on bank documents in 2008 (Ms Bricknell is pictured)

Perrin faked his ex-wife Bricknell's signature on bank documents in 2008 (Ms Bricknell is pictured)

A jury found Perrin guilty of three counts of fraud and six counts of forgery. 

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on three further charges.  He is set to be sentenced on January 27 and has been remanded in custody.

He insisted Ms Bricknell knew exactly what he was doing and gave permission for him to sign the documents in 2008 on her behalf.

Ms Bricknell told the court she 'never, ever' gave her former partner permission to sign on her behalf.  

Ms Bricknell took to social media to express how she felt about the whole saga Ms Bricknell took to social media to express how she felt about the whole saga

Ms Bricknell took to social media to express how she felt about the whole saga

She also posted this image on her Facebook to show she has moved on She also posted this image on her Facebook to show she has moved on

She also posted this image on her Facebook to show she has moved on

Perrin (pictured) insisted Ms Bricknell knew exactly what he was doing and gave permission for him to sign the documents in 2008 on her behalf

'This man has taken from me and my children without my permission and knowledge, that's worse than having an affair in my opinion,' Ms Bricknell told the Brisbane District Court throughout the trial.

'I always protected my children and I never, ever would have allowed him to sign my name on anything - that was not the right thing to do,' she said.

The mother-of-three told the court she won't be able to find peace until he is in jail.

Perrin told the court he often signed Ms Bricknell's name on documents throughout their marriage.

'If Nicole was available and convenient she would sign them ... if she wasn't I would sign them for her,' he said.

The former surfwear CEO mortgaged the family's $15 million property in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, without permission from his former partner Nicole Bricknell, who owned the house  The former surfwear CEO mortgaged the family's $15 million property in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, without permission from his former partner Nicole Bricknell, who owned the house 

The former surfwear CEO mortgaged the family's $15 million property in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, without permission from his former partner Nicole Bricknell, who owned the house 

The jury was shown a document which Perrin said gave him authority to act on Ms Bricknell's behalf in respect of their finances, including debts in her name.

Perrin, who is also a qualified solicitor, was also accused of forging his brother Fraser Perrin's signature on the paperwork.

He denied the 12 total charges, nine of which he was convicted over.

Perrin made a total of around $57 million from his investment in Billabong before he resigned as CEO in 2003.

By 2009 he had lost it all through bad investments and was declared bankrupt, the court was told.

The $15 million Surfers Paradise property is pictured  The $15 million Surfers Paradise property is pictured 

The $15 million Surfers Paradise property is pictured 

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