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You are here: Home News and media CMC media releases Media releases — 14 November 2005 – 9 June 2006 Former Gold Coast City Council officer convicted of fraud — 30.11.2005
You are here: Home News and media CMC media releases Media releases — 14 November 2005 – 9 June 2006 Former Gold Coast City Council officer convicted of fraud — 30.11.2005

Former Gold Coast City Council officer convicted of fraud — 30.11.2005

A former Gold Coast City Council officer has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years imprisonment (suspended after eight months) today in the Southport District Court for deceiving the council into transferring more than $37 000 to several bank accounts linked to him.

Torsten Jens Von Der Geest, 33, entered a plea of guilty to 11 counts of fraud-related offences, following an extensive Crime and Misconduct Commission investigation. He also was ordered to repay $18 729 within three years.

His co-accused, Marc Douglas Gallagher, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fraud-related offences in August 2005 and was given a two-year suspended sentence.

At the time of the alleged corrupt activities, Von Der Geest was a council research officer responsible for processing grant applications from community organisations such as amateur sporting clubs.

The CMC investigation found that between March 2001 and April 2002, Von Der Geest created non-existent sporting organisations to facilitate the electronic transfer of council funds to various bank accounts belonging to his friend, Marc Gallagher, and other associates.

Gallagher’s associates were also charged and pleaded guilty in May 2005 for fraud offences. They were each fined $1250.

Von Der Geest was dismissed from the Gold Coast City Council in May 2002.

 

Last updated: 08 December 2011
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