The Gold Coast woman who has been charged with lying to the corruption watchdog following an investigation into last year’s council election, has been named.
Penny Toland ran as an Independent Mayoral candidate in the 2016 local government elections. She went on to lose out to incumbent Mayor Tom Tate.
On Friday, the Crime and Corruption Commission confirmed they had charged a 37-year-old Helensvale woman with perjury.
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They allege Ms Toland knowingly gave false testimony at a public hearing related to Operation Belcarra which investigated the conduct of candidates involved in the elections for the Gold Coast City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Logan City Council and Ipswich City Council.
Ms Toland has vowed to fight the charge when she appears in Southport Magistrates Court on 13 December. If found guilty, the medical scientist could spend years behind bars.
Acting Mayor Donna Gates has released a brief statement, saying the City of Gold Coast is not involved in the matter.
“This is a matter between the CCC and a mayoral candidate in the 2016 election. It has nothing to do with City of Gold Coast.’
’“This is a matter between the CCC and a mayoral candidate in the 2016 election. It has nothing to do with City of Gold Coast,” Cr Gates said.