Raquel Petit, an Insta-famous Australian bikini model and the founder of the luxury Petitkini “micro-cut bikini” swimwear company, is scheduled to stand trial next week on 47 charges including importing and trafficking a commercial quantity of anabolic steroids. Petit has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.
In addition to the glamorous and partying lifestyle she portrayed on social media, Petit apparently enjoyed flirting with the wrong side of the law. Prior to getting involved in the underground steroid trade, Petit dated Wade Yates-Taui when he was hiding out as a fugitive on murder charges.
Yates-Taui was a PUMMA lightweight mixed martial arts fighter and a patched member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club. Yates-Taui was charged with murder as a result of his involvement in the fatal stabbing of rival Bandidos MC member Max Waller in June 2013.
Petit joined Yates-Taui after he went on the lam in the United States. The couple lived a lavish lifestyle in California which was documented by Petit on her personal Facebook page. Yates-Taui was arrested by United States Marshals thanks to information concerning his whereabouts obtained from Petit’s Facebook page.
Yates-Taui was extradited back to Australia where he pleaded guilty to a downgraded charge of manslaughter. Petit publicly professed her undying love of Yates-Taui in court before he was sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison.
By then, Petit was already deeply involved in a steroid trafficking ring involving two other individuals in Australia. Police alleged that Petit imported and trafficked anabolic steroids in around the Province of Victoria from July 2015 until November 2016. When Petit was arrested, police seized $46,920 that allegedly represented her share of the proceeds from the steroid trafficking.
Petit’s was primarily responsible for setting up multiple private mail boxes at post offices in nearby towns and cities. Petit produced an assortment of false identity documents which she used to open the post office boxes under fake names.
Petit’s steroid group would order steroids from the Ukraine and China and have the packages shipped to the various post office boxes. Petit faces 42 criminal charges specifically related to making, using and producing false documents.
Petit was in the news again in April 2018 after paparazzi photographed her allegedly partying with Olympic champion and 100-meter world record holder Usain Bolt at an exclusive Gold Coast nightclub. Bolt’s association was an accused steroid trafficker would have been terrible publicity for the outspoken anti-steroid Bolt. It turned out that Bolt did nothing more than agree to take pictures with Petit along with models Liza Connolly and Chloe Hurrel
Petit’s trial begins on October 8, 2018.