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Fraudster? Now Jo-Ann Miller claims to know nothing

GOOD TIMES: Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller on election day last year with the former staffer at the centre of the scandal. The woman was convicted of 263 fraud, stealing and forgery offences.
GOOD TIMES: Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller on election day last year with the former staffer at the centre of the scandal. The woman was convicted of 263 fraud, stealing and forgery offences. Contributed

PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk was once again forced to defend a barrage of questions aimed at her over a convicted fraudster who was employed in disgraced Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller's office.

It is the second day Ms Palaszczuk has denied any prior knowledge about a convicted fraudster who worked in the former police minister's office.

The Queensland Times exclusively revealed this week Ms Miller employed the staffer despite her 263 criminal convictions.

Those convictions included stealing as a servant, fraud and falsifying documents.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, spent time behind bars for embezzling thousands of dollars from her then employer.

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg asked Ms Palaszczuk on Wednesday during question time whether she signed off on the woman's employment as per the ministerial guidelines.

"Did the Member for Bundamba meet the ministerial standards of ethical behaviour and transparency when she advised the Premier's office to engage a formerly convicted and jailed thief within the minister's office?" he asked.

Ms Palaszczuk did not answer the question but went on to say she had no prior knowledge of the woman's criminal past.

But a former Labor minister told the QT they were the one who informed the Premier's office about the woman's form following her alcohol-fuelled rant at a Redbank pub.

The heated debate saw disgraced Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller rise from the backbench to make a statement on the issue.

She claimed she had no idea about the woman's criminal background.

"I want to make it very clear to all members of this parliament that I was unaware of any criminal history in relation to this person concerned," she said.

"The Premier absolutely did not know anything about this and neither did I."

The Queensland Times understands the woman at the centre of the scandal and Ms Miller could have known each other for nearly a decade.

Government employees are meant to undergo extensive police checks before they are employed.

Topics:  annastacia palaszczuk jo-ann miller lawrence springborg



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