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Qld councillor charged over $180k fraud

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016

A Queensland councillor has been stood down after allegedly siphoning more than $180,000 from a Brisbane engineering company over two years.

Stacey McIntosh, who was elected onto Logan City Council this year, was charged with stealing as a servant on Thursday following a five-month investigation by fraud and cyber detectives.

Ms McIntosh, 36, is accused of redirecting client invoice payments and unauthorised refunds from the Cooper Plains-based business into her own bank accounts between June 2014 and July this year.

A Logan City Council spokesman said the Division 6 councillor had agreed to stand down.

"While the councillor is entitled to the presumption of innocence, in the matter of public interest, the councillor has been requested to stand down from participating in council matters and the councillor has agreed," the spokesman said in a statement.

"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."

Mayor Luke Smith would oversee duties in the division until more permanent arrangements were in place in the new year, the spokesman said.

Ms McIntosh has previously worked as an accounts manager, while holding many community leadership roles and serving on boards and committees, according to council's website.

She is due to front the Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 10.

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