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Fraud, financial management and accountability in the Queensland public sector

An examination of how a $16.69 million fraud was committed on Queensland Health

In December 2011 Queensland Health identified a fraudulent transaction of $11 million of public funds paid to Healthy Initiatives and Choices (HIC), a trading name registered to one of its own employees, Hohepa Morehu-Barlow (Barlow). Further investigation identified this transaction to be the latest in a series of 65 fraudulent transactions totalling $16.69 million and committed over a four-year period commencing October 2007.

In March 2013, Barlow pleaded guilty to fraud-related offences and was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment and will be eligible for parole in December 2016.  In June 2013, more than $11.8 million worth of assets was recovered for the State through proceeds of crime action in the Supreme Court.

The CMC’s public report provides an account of the fraud committed by Barlow between September 2007 and December 2011 and describes the impact of that discovery.  It aims to:

  1. highlight public servants’ responsibilities — and accountability — as stewards of public money
  2. raise their awareness of the potential for fraud in the workplace, of their own responsibilities to prevent it and, finally, of the high cost of managerial inaction.

The report also includes a summary of lessons to be learned from the Queensland Health experience— the factors that allowed the fraud to be committed and remain undetected for so long,  as well as recommendations to managers and staff of public agencies.

Report

Fraud, financial management and accountability in the Queensland public sector: An examination of how a $16.69 million fraud was committed on Queensland Health (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Fraud, financial management and accountability in the Queensland public sector: An examination of how a $16.69 million fraud was committed on Queensland Health (DOC, 970 KB)

Media releases
and statements

CMC public report into Queensland Health fraud tabled in Parliament — 25.09.2013

CMC returns millions to state coffers in Morehu-Barlow case — 13.06.2013

CMC restrains final property in Morehu-Barlow case — 13.12.2012

CMC restrains $12m worth of assets in alleged Queensland Health fraud case — 18.01.2012

Related links

Key learnings from the Queensland Health experience and recommendations for managers and staff of public agencies.
Last updated: 01 December 2016

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