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You are here: Home News and media CCC media releases CCC makes official corruption and fraud arrests in driver licence investigation — 18.12.2014
You are here: Home News and media CCC media releases CCC makes official corruption and fraud arrests in driver licence investigation — 18.12.2014

CCC makes official corruption and fraud arrests in driver licence investigation — 18.12.2014

Two people are facing 29 charges of official corruption following an extensive Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) investigation into a scheme involving the alleged fraudulent issuing and upgrading of genuine Queensland driver licences.

Today the CCC issued a Notice to Appear in Court to a 30-year-old Parkwood man on 20 separate charges of official corruption, contrary to section 87 of the Queensland Criminal Code. He will also appear on one charge of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code. He is expected to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on 30 January 2015.

A 25-year-old Pacific Pines woman was served today with a Notice to Appear in Court on nine separate charges of official corruption, contrary to section 87 of the Queensland Criminal Code. She will also appear on three charges of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code. She is expected to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on 20 January 2015.

Official corruption carries a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment.

The CCC has also charged a further 16 people with 21 fraud offences in recent weeks as a result of this investigation.

The CCC commenced Operation Danish in February 2014 to investigate allegations that a Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) employee was fraudulently processing and issuing driver licences and licence upgrades. The DTMR has fully cooperated and provided assistance to the CCC throughout the investigation.

The CCC will allege the 30-year-old Parkwood man and 25-year-old Pacific Pines woman were key figures in the scheme and facilitated cash payments from their friends and associates to a DTMR employee who issued new licences or licence upgrades.

The CCC’s investigation identified occasions when heavy rigid (HR), heavy combination (HC) and motorcycle classes were allegedly added fraudulently to a number of existing driver licences. The investigation also found that in some cases recreational marine and personal watercraft classes were allegedly added fraudulently to existing licences. This potentially allowed individuals to operate vehicles or vessels they were not qualified or legitimately licensed to operate.

The CCC will further allege the 16 individuals already charged with fraud offences paid for fraudulently issued or upgraded licences.

The CCC’s investigation is ongoing and further charges are expected, including against the former DTMR employee.

As this investigation is ongoing and numerous matters are now before the courts, the CCC is unable to comment further.

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Editor’s Note: A list containing the charges and court appearance dates for the 16 individuals charged to date is below:

  • A 27-year-old Upper Coomera man appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court on 10 December 2014 on one charge of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code.
  • A 33-year-old Middle Park man appeared in the Richlands Magistrates Court on 11 December 2014 on four counts of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code.
  • A 26-year-old Pimpama man appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court on 15 December 2014 on one charge of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code.
  • A 34-year-old Berrinba man is scheduled to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on 19 December 2014 on one charge of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code.
  • A 43-year-old Nerang man is scheduled to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on 7 January 2015 on one charge of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code.
  • A 40-year-old Broadbeach Waters man is scheduled to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on 7 January 2015 on one charge of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code.
  • A 25-year-old Crestmead man is scheduled to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on 9 January 2015 on one charge of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code.
  • A 25-year-old Gaven man is scheduled to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on 9 January 2015 on one charge of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code.
  • A 35-year-old Southport man is scheduled to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on 12 January 2015 on one charge of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code.
  • A 37-year-old Munruben man is scheduled to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on 12 January 2015 on one charge of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code.
  • A 30-year-old Park Ridge man is scheduled to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on 13 January 2015 on three charges of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code.
  • A 22-year-old Pacific Pines man is scheduled to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on 15 January 2015 on one charge of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code.
  • A 34-year-old Morayfield woman is scheduled to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on 15 January 2015 on one charge of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code.
  • A 50-year-old Logan Reserve man is scheduled to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on 19 January 2015 on one charge of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code.
  • A 27-year-old West Stowe man is scheduled to appear in the Gladstone Magistrates Court on 20 January 2015 on one charge of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code.
  • A 53-year-old Mansfield man is scheduled to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on 21 January 2015 on one charge of fraud contrary to section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code.
Last updated: 18 December 2014
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