The Queensland Trade Union Joint Police Taskforce has today arrested and charged three men with secret commission offences. The Joint Police Taskforce is coordinated by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), and comprises members from the AFP and Queensland Police Service.
In December 2015, the three men were referred to the Queensland Police Service by the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption (TURC) in relation to multiple offences in contravention of Section 442B Criminal Code 1899 (Qld), being receipt or solicitation of secret commission by an agent.
Police will allege that a 52-year-old Shailer Park man colluded with a 53-year-old man from Ephraim Island (Gold Coast) and a 41-year-old man from Seven Hills in 2012 and 2013 to organise construction work on his personal residence in Brisbane.
It is further alleged the construction was undertaken by sub-contractors being paid to work on other building projects, or completed at no charge to the Shailer Park man. Police estimate the quantum of benefit to the Shailer Park man was in excess of $400,000.
On Friday, December 16 2016, the State of Queensland commenced civil proceedings pursuant to the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 against the Shailer Park man. It is estimated the property is worth approximately $1.6 million.
All three men are due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 25, 2017.