Mary Missen.
Mary Missen. David Nielsen

Council employee charged by corruption watchdog

UPDATE: 

A STAFFER from the mayor's office has been charged by the corruption watchdog.

Mary Missen, who is a current employee of Ipswich City Council, was today charged with 28 counts of fraudulent falsification of records.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Ms Missen is an Executive Secretariat at Ipswich City Council.

The QT understands Ms Missen, 47, is an administrative staff support worker.

The CCC will allege Ms Missen knowingly falsified records relating to donations made by Ipswich City Council to charitable organisations between 28 July 2012 and 5 March 2017.

Ms Missen was bailed and is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on April 24 2018.

She is facing 28 counts of fraudulent falsification of records contrary to section 430 of the Criminal Code.

The CCC said as the matter was before the court, and the investigation ongoing, it could not comment further.

Ipswich City Council released a statement just before 5pm saying it was aware of the charges against an employee.

The council said no action would be taken regarding employment. 

"Ipswich City Council is aware that one of its administrative support staff has been charged today by the Crime and Corruption Commission," a council spokesperson said.

"Deputy Mayor Wayne Wendt said no action would be taken at this stage in relation to the staff member's employment."

Cr Wendt said it was important to allow the legal process to take place.

"It is alleged these matters took place between July 2012 and March 2017," he said.

"Until such time as there's a definitive outcome, we will respect our employee's presumption of innocence."

Ms Missen is among a host of Ipswich council personalities to be charged by the CCC, with offences unrelated to this case.  

Former Mayor Paul Pisasale and former CEO Jim Lindsay are facing corruption charges.  

Former Works Parks and Recreation Chief Operating Officer Craig Maudsley is facing one count of misconduct in public office.  

Carl Wulff, CEO of Ipswich City Council before Mr Lindsay, is also facing corruption charges.   

All intend to fight the allegations against them in court.  

The charges stem from the CCC investigation Operation Belcarra which examined the 2016 council elections.   During those proceedings, the CCC launched separate investigations.   

This week Logan Mayor Luke Smith was also charged by the CCC.   

Cr Smith is accused of progressing a development approval for the developer behind a property project after corruptly agreeing to receive a luxury powerboat.   

The Logan mayor, charged with official corruption, failing to correct his council register of interests and two counts of perjury, has vehemently denied the allegations and intends to fight them in court.   

 

INITIAL: 

THE Crime and Corruption Commission has charged a Brassall woman with 28 counts of fraudulent falsification of records.

The CCC will allege the woman, 47, knowingly falsified records relating to donations made by Ipswich City Council to charitable organisations between 28 July 2012 and 5 March 2017.

The woman was bailed and is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on April 24 2018.

The woman is facing 28 counts of fraudulent falsification of records contrary to section 430 of the Criminal Code.

As this matter is now before the court, and the investigation remains ongoing, 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.



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