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Posted: 2015-05-18 01:44:07

driscollFormer Queensland MP, Scott Driscoll, will face a District Court jury over allegations of dishonest and fraudulent behaviour, including that he solicited thousands of dollars in secret commissions.

The 40 year old did not enter a plea in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday when he was committed for trial on 16 fraud and fraud related charges.

It’s alleged that in October 2012 Driscoll solicited at least $400,000 in secret commissions on behalf of the Queensland Retail Traders and Shopkeepers Association (QRTSA) from Wesfarmers and Woolworths.

There’s no allegation he received the commissions.

It’s also alleged that between August 2011 and May 2013 Driscoll committed fraud offences worth $725,000, including dishonestly obtaining sums of more than $30,000 from the QRTSA and Metcash.

Other allegations include that Driscoll dishonestly used his electorate office for QRTSA purposes and falsified nine entries in the minutes of QRTSA meetings.

The former Liberal National Party member won office in the Newman government’s landslide March 2012 election victory.

He resigned from the party a year later following allegations of improper behaviour, before quitting the parliament in disgrace in November 2013 after he was found guilty of misleading the house.

Driscoll’s wife Emma has also been committed to stand trial, on dishonesty and perjury charges.

Both are due to face the Brisbane District Court at a date to be set.


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