Yesterday, a 59-year-old man from Lake Clifton, Western Australia, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court to face fraud, forgery and stealing offences as a result of an ongoing Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) investigation into allegations of corrupt conduct at Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council.
In February, the CCC issued an arrest warrant for the 59-year-old man. On Monday 24 February 2020, he was arrested by police in Western Australia. CCC officers travelled to Perth and successfully applied to a Perth court to extradite the man back to Queensland to face the offences. He was remanded in custody in Perth and remained in custody until yesterday’s court appearance in Brisbane.
The man was formally charged by the CCC when he returned to Queensland on 27 February 2020 with Fraud contrary to section 408C(1)(a) of the Criminal Code, four counts of Forgery contrary to section 488(1)(a) of the Criminal Code and one count of Stealing as a Servant contrary to section 398.6 of the Criminal Code. Following yesterday’s court appearance, the man was bailed and is expected to reappear in the Mt Isa Magistrates Court on 18 March 2020.
As the CCC’s investigation remains ongoing and this matter is now before the court, the CCC is unable to comment further.
The CCC is an independent agency combating major crime and reducing corruption for the benefit of the Queensland community.