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Scott Driscoll, former Queensland MP, sentenced to six years’ jail for fraudulent commissions

Driscoll will not be eligible for parole until September 2018.

Driscoll will not be eligible for parole until September 2018. Photo: AAP

Disgraced former Queensland MP Scott Driscoll has been sentenced to at least 18 months’ jail for 15 fraud-related offences.

Driscoll, 41, pleaded guilty to the charges in the Brisbane District Court last November.

Driscoll defrauded the Queensland Retail Traders and Shopkeepers Association of almost $180,000, falsified meeting minutes and sought secret commissions from two major supermarket chains.

He was handed a sentence of six years and will not be eligible for parole until September 2018.

Judge Deborah Richards said Driscoll’s offending happened during a hypomanic phase of a bipolar illness.

Driscoll won Redcliffe for the LNP in 2012 but became an independent when the party lost confidence in him in March 2013.

More to come … 

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