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Major fraud investigation, Brisbane

A 55-year-old Thornlands man has been charged this morning following the closure of a protracted investigation into a $10million fraud.

The man was charged by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Financial and Cyber Crime Group.

It is alleged the man defrauded his employer, a Logan-based civil engineering business, over a ten-year period, between 2007 and 2017.

Police will allege the man used his position of trust within the company for personal financial gain.

Detective Acting Inspector Adam Bennett of the Financial and Cyber Crime Group urged all Queenslanders to remain vigilant to this type of offending.

“Unfortunately through the dishonest actions of an employee, this family business has experienced a significant financial loss.

“This is a timely reminder of the risks of employee fraud and the need for businesses and companies to show ongoing vigilance and regularly review purchasing and financial procedures and processes,” Detective Acting Inspector Bennett said.

The man has been charged with one count of fraud dishonest application of property of another and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.