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Ex-Qld MP Driscoll pleads guilty to fraud

AAP logoAAP 25/11/2016 Sarah Motherwell

Former Queensland politician Scott Driscoll has admitted to soliciting thousands of dollars in secret commissions and falsifying records during his term as the Member for Redcliffe.

Driscoll was expected to stand trial in the Brisbane District Court next week but on Friday pleaded guilty to 15 charges, including fraud.

The 41-year-old was released on bail and is due to be sentenced next year on March 6.

The former Liberal National Party MP won office in the Newman government's landslide in the March 2012 election victory.

He resigned in disgrace from state parliament in November 2013 for misleading the House about his financial interests and his role in the Queensland Retail Traders and Shopkeepers Association (QRTSA).

A year later Driscoll was charged by the Crime and Corruption Commission for soliciting secret commissions worth at least $400,000 on behalf of the QRTSA from Wesfarmers and Woolworths in October 2012 while he was in office.

It was not alleged he received the commissions.

Driscoll also falsified entries in QRTSA minutes and committed fraud offences worth $725,000 between August 2011 and May 2013.

Driscoll did not speak to the media as he left the court with his wife Emma, who was sentenced in September to three years jail, wholly suspended, for multiple counts of falsifying a record and making a false declaration.

Emma Driscoll created minutes of QRTSA meetings that were inaccurate and included references to people not present or meetings that hadn't happened.

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