Public servant fleeced flood fund
A QUEENSLAND public servant is facing forgery and fraud charges after allegedly trying to claim more than $90,000 from the Premier's Disaster Relief Fund.
The fund was set up by Premier Anna Bligh to assist people severely affected by January's floods and Cyclone Yasi.
Police said a 44-year-old man from Chelmer was due to appear in Brisbane's Magistrates Court today.
Ms Bligh issued a statement saying the public servant, employed by the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI), was on leave.
"I am advised these charges stem from allegedly fraudulent applications this year under the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal for amounts totalling more than $90,000, and relating to claims for damages and repairs to property," Ms Bligh said.
"Thousands of people, as well as organisations and businesses, generously donated this money in the belief it would go directly to assist those who had lost everything. That's why we put rigorous checks and balances in place to ensure these generous donations went to those who needed it most."
Police said a three-month investigation resulted in the man being charged with 15 counts of fraud and forgery.
The investigation was conducted by police, DEEDI, the Department of Local Government and Planning and the Department of Public Works.
The Premier's Disaster Relief Fund raised more than $272 million before it closed in early September.