QLD councillor charged over $180k fraud
A LOGAN councillor has been charged with stealing more than $180,000 through a similar scam used to rip off major Queensland councils earlier this year
Division 6 councillor Stacey McIntosh, 34, was today charged with one count of stealing as a servant by the fraud squad following a five-month investigation.
Detectives allege the Loganholme councillor, who was elected during the March polls, stole more than $180,000 from a Coopers Plains engineering business from June 2014 to July 2016 through an invoicing scam.
Similar scams have been used to fleece money from major Queensland councils, including Brisbane and Townsville, earlier this year.
It is understood Logan Mayor Luke Smith asked McIntosh to stand down from council duties after he was notified of the charges by police today. McIntosh agreed but will continue receiving her full $130,295 annual pay.
A council spokeswoman said Cr Smith, who was the former Division 6 councillor before he was elected mayor this year, will take over division's duties until more permanent arrangements can be made.
"Council takes integrity issues very seriously," the spokeswoman said.
"As a result of the charges, and without inferring any adverse conduct, council is conducting a review of matters to ensure the interests of council and the people of Logan are protected."
The Local Government Department, along with Local Government Association of Queensland CEO Greg Hallam, have been notified of the charges.
McIntosh's website states she serves on the board for the Logan Country Financial Services Limited (Bendigo Community Bank) and was previously the vice president of the Logan Country Chamber of Commerce.
"The former P&F Vice President and Tudor Park PCYC Advisory Board Member is recognised as a reliable, hardworking, passionate and dedicated community member," the website says.
"Stacey is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and lend a hand to local sporting clubs, schools and volunteer organisations."
The newly-elected councillor was released on watch-house bail to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 10 next year.
McIntosh is being contacted for comment.