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Qld ex-principal banned over fraud charges

AAP logoAAP 9/09/2016 Sarah Motherwell

The former principal of a top indigenous college convicted of multi-million dollar fraud has been banned from teaching until next year.

Jean Illingworth, 69, is serving a suspended sentence for defrauding the state and commonwealth by inflating student numbers to get $3.4 million in extra funding for Djarragun College, near Cairns, between 2010 and 2011.

All of the funds went to the school.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal last month banned Ms Illingworth for re-applying for registration as a teacher until October 2017 when her sentence ends.

She has also been banned from acting as a principal or deputy principal in the future.

Ms Illingworth had told the tribunal she only pleaded guilty because she was under extreme emotional and financial stress.

She also claimed that rivals on the school staff had set out to make her appear guilty by maliciously inflating school numbers on grant applications.

But the tribunal did not accept those claims and found Ms Illingworth's dishonesty was so high that she should not be trusted in an educational position with financial responsibility again.

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