Former Queensland MP Scott Driscoll ordered to stand trial on fraud charges

Former Queensland MP Scott Driscoll ordered to stand trial on fraud charges

Former Queensland MP Scott Driscoll ordered to stand trial on fraud charges

Updated 18 May 2015, 14:15 AEST

Former Queensland LNP MP Scott Driscoll is committed to stand trial on 16 fraud and fraud-related charges.

Former Queensland LNP MP Scott Driscoll has been committed to stand trial on a date to be fixed on 16 fraud and fraud-related charges.

The 40-year-old appeared in Brisbane's Magistrates Court this morning over charges including soliciting secret commissions, fraud, and fraudulent falsification of records.

The charges deal with events between August 2011 and May 2013 and centre on his involvement with the Queensland Retail Traders Association.

It is alleged that in that period, Driscoll committed fraud offences worth $725,000.

Driscoll has been accused of soliciting $200,000 from Wesfarmers and the same amount from Woolworths; using his Redcliffe electorate office for association purposes; taking more than $30,000 from the association; and obtaining more than $30,000 from grocery wholesaler Metcash.

Driscoll's lawyer said he had been instructed to agree that there was enough prima facie evidence for a trial.

More than 60 witness statements have been tendered.

When asked by a Brisbane magistrate if he had anything to say, Driscoll replied: "No, thank you, Your Honour."

Driscoll's trial will be held in the District Court at a date to be fixed.

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

Driscoll resigned from the seat of Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, in November 2013, citing health issues.