Disgraced LNP MP sentenced to six years in prison
DISGRACED former Queensland MP Scott Driscoll will serve at least 18 months in prison after being sentenced to six years' jail for fraud.
In the District Court this morning, Judge Deborah Richards sentenced the 41-year-old to a six-year head sentence, saying he will be eligible for parole on September 6, 2018.
The former state member for Redcliffe was arrested in 2014 but only taken into custody on Monday before his sentencing for 15 fraud-related offences today.
Driscoll pleaded guilty in November to soliciting hundreds of thousands of dollars in secret commissions from supermarkets in 2011 and 2012.
The Crown called on him to be jailed for six years, while defence barrister Kylie Hillard asked for a four-and-a-half-year sentence, suspended after six or 12 months due to Driscoll's mental and physical health issues.
The court was told he used more than $100,000 of a retail advocacy group's money to put a deposit on a property and donate to the LNP.
Crown prosecutor Sarah Farnden said Driscoll was a candidate in the 2012 state election and the QRTSA's president when he transferred $60,000 from the association "into his own personal bank account".
She said $5000 was then transferred to the LNP as his own campaign contribution, and another almost $50,000 was donated to the political party.
Ms Farden said after Driscoll was elected as the Member for Redcliffe, $57,200 was transferred to himself and referred to as "loan for Scott", which was used to pay a deposit on a property "that same day".
The secret commission charges relate to Driscoll phoning representatives from Coles and Woolworths and offering to change his position on trading hours if they agreed to donate between $200,000 and $300,000 to the association.
Driscoll also doctored association meeting minutes, which resulted in the falsifying records charges.