He claims he was abandoned on a riverbank as a baby by his biological mother and adopted by an Indigenous family which named him Brahminy — meaning wild and free.
It’s the story Allan Brahminy’s program for troubled kids was based around, and for more than a decade he has been looking after children — many of whom are Indigenous — receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from state governments.
But Mr Brahminy’s biological family, former military colleagues, ex-wife and former partner claim he is not who he says he is.
His program, which provides therapeutic care to at-risk children, is based on a remote property just outside Batchelor in the Northern Territory, about 122 kilometres from Darwin.
The ABC understands the only children currently at the site are from Tasmania.
Their families and the Tasmanian Aboriginal community have for years been raising concerns about the program.
But it has