A Brisbane man has been accused of forging invoices as part of the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission’s investigations into the beleaguered Ipswich City Council.
The 47-year-old, who allegedly submitted fraudulent invoices for payment by the council, is the fourth man with links to the council charged by the CCC this month, including former mayor Andrew Antoniolli.
The invoices were related to a profitable event, the CCC said on Tuesday.
The man is set to face Brisbane Magistrates Court on June 5 charged with three counts of forgery.
He is the 14th person charged in relation to the investigations into the council, with a total 70 charges handed down.
Mr Antoniolli is set to appear before Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday and will be the second former Ipswich mayor to do so in the last 11 months.
He faces seven counts of fraud related to the use of council funds “for his own use to purchase auction items from charitable organisations” over more than five years to May last year.
The CCC’s allegations saw Mr Antoniolli stand down and it also prompted the state government to move to dismiss the Ipswich council.
His predecessor Paul Pisasale quit last June amid corruption, extortion, assault, misconduct and perjury allegations.
Former ICC chief executive Carl Wulff was charged before his successor, Jim Lindsay, stood down in January after being charged in September, while former chief operating officer Craig Maudsley is among other council figures investigated by the CCC.
The state Labor government has been criticised for not acting against the council sooner, and on Tuesday introduced a bill in Parliament to strengthen the powers of the local government minister to dismiss councillors.
The 11-person council has vowed to fight to stay in power.