UPDATE @ July 25: Former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale has been sentenced to two years in jail, suspended after 12 months, for extortion.
The 67-year-old was found guilty of two counts of extortion by a jury in Brisbane’s District Court on Wednesday.
The court heard Pisasale posed as a private investigator to demand $10,000 from Sydney man Xin Li, who was the former boyfriend of a Chinese escort Pisasale had become friends with.
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Judge Brad Farr said Pisasale’s decision to pose as an investigator to extort money was “almost incomprehensible”.
“Your fall from grace has been from a great height and very public,” Judge Farr said.
Xin Li’s former girlfriend Yutian Li and Ipwsich lawyer Cameron James McKenzie were also found guilty of extortion over the plan.
Yutian was sentenced to 15 months prison, suspended after seven months, while McKenzie was sentenced to 18 months jail, suspended after nine months.
EARLIER @ July 24: Former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale has been found guilty of two counts of extortion.
Jurors delivered the verdict in Brisbane’s District Court on Wednesday, after just one day of deliberation.
The court heard Pisasle allegedly posed as a private investigator to extort $10,000 from Sydney taxi driver Xin Li.
The man’s ex-girlfriend Yutian Li and Ipswich lawyer Cameron James McKenzie were also found guilty of extortion over the plan.
The trio all face a maximum of 14 years behind bars.
Sentencing is currently underway.