Former principal among four charged over fraud allegations at elite Logan school

THE former principal of an elite Logan private school, as well as his daughter and her husband, have been charged with a number of “significant fraud charges”.

Former Kimberley College principal Paul Thomson, his daughter Amy Ferguson and her husband Kevin Ferguson are reportedly among four people who were arrested in Carbrook earlier this morning, according to The Courier Mail.

A major police investigation has been underway since August 2018 after serious concerns about the school’s finances and allegations of nepotism were referred by the Department of Education.


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“Given the serious nature of a number of the allegations, the matter was investigated by a team of investigators from the Major Fraud Investigation Unit within the Financial and Cyber Crime Group. It was a complex investigation and involved the detailed and lengthy analysis of financial documentation and banking records,” Detective Acting Superintendent Vince Byrnes of the Financial and Cyber Crimes Group said.

“The nature of the alleged offending is very concerning as it involves persons who were then acting in a position of trust.

“It is important to stress that this investigation focused on four former employees of the college.”

During the investigation, police executed a number of search warrants across the Logan District,  seizing documentation, computer equipment and mobile phones.

On Tuesday, the four people allegedly involved were charged with a range of offences.

A 35-year-old woman is charged with fraud, dishonestly causing detriment as an employee where the detriment is greater than $100,000, perjury, and computer hacking.

The 35-year-old woman has been conjointly charged with a 34-year-old man on one count of fraud, dishonestly gaining benefit or advantage as an employee where the yield is greater than $100,000 .

A 75-year-old man is charged with fraud, dishonestly causing detriment as an employee where the detriment is greater than $100,000.

The 75-year-old man has been conjointly charged with the 35-year-old woman for one charge of extortion and computer hacking. This relates to a separate complaint made to the police in 2016.

The 75-year-old man has been conjointly charged with the 34-year-old man with one count of fraud, dishonest application of property of another greater than $100,000.

A 66-year-old woman is charged with fraud, dishonestly causing a detriment as an employee where the detriment is greater than $100,000.

The 75-year-old man has also been conjointly charged with the 66-year-old woman on one count of fraud, dishonestly gaining benefit or advantage as an employee where the yield is greater than $100,000.

The 75-year-old man, 34-year-old man and 35-year-old woman are expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning. The 66-year-old woman was issued a Notice to Appear and is expected to appear at the Brisbane Magistrates Court in the coming weeks.

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