Former public servant's fraud conviction serves as a warning

Following a Crime and Corruption (CCC) investigation a former Queensland public servant was sentenced today in the Brisbane District Court to two years jail, which was wholly suspended.

Robert Edward Leslie Myers was sentenced after pleading guilty to a fraud offence and a forgery offence.

The former employee of The Public Trustee of Queensland pleaded guilty to using his position to dishonestly obtain $42,000. None of the funds misappropriated were funds held on behalf of Public Trustee clients.

The CCC alleged that the payments were made by the director of a construction company after he received favourable treatment by Myers.

CCC Chairperson Alan MacSporran said the conviction should serve as a warning to public servants that they need to act with integrity and to make transparent and accountable decisions.

“Today’s court decision shows that public servants can face criminal prosecution if they do not fulfil their obligation to act with integrity and to serve the public interest,” Mr MacSporran said.

The CCC is an independent agency combating major crime and reducing corruption for the benefit of the Queensland community.

Source: http://www.ccc.qld.gov.au/news-and-media/ccc-media-releases/former-public-servants-fraud-conviction-serves-as-a-warning-25-july-2017

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