Queensland Law Society

QLS stands ready to assist crime watchdog investigating four criminal lawyers charged with myriad offences

Date 23 Oct 2018
Contact Tony Keim
Phone 07 3842 5835
Mobile 0488 433 884
Email media@qls.com.au

Queensland’s peak legal organisation learned state criminal and corruption watchdog investigators began arresting solicitors amid allegations of aggravated fraud and money laundering.

The Crime and Corruption Commission, in a statement, said four criminal lawyers and two former clients were charged as part of Operation Stockade with fraud and money-laundering offences following an 18-month major crime investigation into the activities of a Brisbane-based law firm.

The CCC said a 47-year-old solicitor, from Tarragindi, had been charged with two counts of fraud in excess of $30,000, fraudulent falsification of records and money laundering in excess of $30,000.

Three others, aged 30, 28 and 31, charged with fraud in excess of $30,000.

Queensland Law Society President Ken Taylor said the arrests were a matter of concern and something the Society would follow closely.

"QLS takes matters such as this very seriously and the public deserve answers when a lawyer is charged with committing criminal acts," Mr Taylor said.

"The Society at all times fully cooperates with Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission and will continue to do so during its current and on-going Operation Stockade.

"All four accused men have a duty to notify QLS about the details of the charges against them and if substantiated the Society will take appropriate action as part of its regulatory responsibilities.

"It is important to note at this stage these are just allegations — that everybody, including lawyers — are entitled to the presumption of innocence until the matter is handled by the courts.

"As the matters are now before the courts it would be inappropriate to make any further comment until such time as the matters have been resolved."

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For further information, please contact Tony Keim on 07 3842 5835, mobile 0488 433 884 or via email, media@qls.com.au .