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Ex-Qld MP's wife escapes jail time

AAP logoAAP 26/09/2016 Alexandra Patrikios

The wife of former Queensland MP Scott Driscoll has avoided jail after pleading guilty to dishonesty offences relating to the creation of false meeting minutes.

Emma Jane Driscoll pleaded guilty in Brisbane District Court on Monday to multiple counts of falsifying a record and making a false declaration.

Judge Brian Devereaux sentenced the 43-year-old to three years jail, wholly suspended, as well as 120 hours community service for the offences.

They related to inaccurate minutes created for the Queensland Retail Traders and Shopkeepers Association.

Driscoll was involved with the QRTSA when a mass audit of many industrial organisations was conducted to scrutinise if membership, financial and other records were being maintained properly, the court heard.

Judge Devereaux said she created minutes of meetings that were inaccurate and included references to people not present or meetings that hadn't happened.

He said this was compounded when they were attached to three affidavits she swore for Supreme Court and Queensland Industrial Relations Commission proceedings.

This was done to ensure the industry lobby group could continue to act in litigation for small business operators, especially given two cases relating to trading hours were before the QRIC in 2012, the court heard.

"In that sense, your dishonesty wasn't for personal gain," Judge Devereaux observed.

He noted the one-time florist's life had "collapsed" in the wake of the legal proceedings and she had suffered significant financial consequences.

It came after crown prosecutor Sarah Farnden said post-it notes detailing changes to be made to the minutes were found to have Ms Driscoll's fingerprints on them.

Defence barrister Julie Sharp said Driscoll was leading a normal, comfortable life before the offending took a "catastrophic" toll.

Driscoll's parents were in court to support her.

Her suspended term will be operational for three years.

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