A prominent Gold Coast lawyer and his girlfriend have been hit with serious criminal charges following a major Crime and Corruption Commission investigation into the activities of his law firm.
The 46-year-old was today served with a Notice to Appear in court to face three counts of money laundering following a 16-month crime investigation, codenamed Operation Jackal.
The man, from Burleigh Heads, was also slapped with two counts of fraud, two counts of supplying a dangerous drug and three counts of possessing a dangerous drug.
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“It will be alleged the money laundering involved proceeds of serious criminal offences paid by clients for legal services undertaken by the firm,” the CCC said in a statement.
“It will be further alleged the fraud offences were committed against Legal Aid Queensland.
It comes just months after the man was charged by the CCC with two counts of possessing a dangerous drug in July this year.
The man’s partner, a 38-year-old woman from Burleigh Heads, was also served a Notice to Appear in court today to face four counts of possessing a dangerous drug.
The pair are expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday 13 January 2021.
CCC Chairperson Alan MacSporran said allegations of criminal offending by individuals associated with the legal profession is extremely concerning.
“In my view, any alleged criminal offending by individuals associated with the legal profession is very serious,” Mr MacSporran said.
“Legal Aid Queensland helps Queenslanders engage with the legal system. Any fraud on Legal Aid ultimately impacts on tax payers and those people who are financially disadvantaged that require access to their services.”