High profile criminal solicitor pleads guilty to fraud in Qld court

Tim Meehan, the solicitor who represented Daniel Morcombe’s killer Brett Peter Cowan, has pleaded guilty to a string of serious criminal offences.

Meehan was remanded in custody after pleading guilty to one count each of aggravated fraud and eight counts of fraudulently falsifying a record in Brisbane’s Supreme Court on Thursday.

The charges relate to the dishonest application of monies in excess of $30,000 belonging to Bosscher Lawyers Pty Ltd and for fraudulently falsifying costs agreements and tax invoices.


Queensland Law Society President Christine Smyth said it was a dark day for the legal profession when a practitioner was convicted for such serious offences.

“It is extremely disappointing when any lawyer abuses the trust and faith members of the public place in them,” Ms Smyth said.

“Mr Meehan no longer has a Queensland Law Society practising certificate.

“Upon being informed of Mr Meehan’s conduct QLS took swift action, resulting in Mr Meehan surrendering his practising certificate.”

Meehan was remanded in custody and is expected to be sentenced in the Supreme Court on 13 July.