Queensland chief scientist in court on 31 new charges

Queensland’s suspended chief scientist has briefly faced court charged with 31 additional counts of fraud. Courtesy: Brisbane Times

Queensland’s suspended chief scientist has briefly faced court charged with 31 additional counts of fraud. 

Suzanne Miller appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday after she was slapped with the extra offences in December. 

The Crime and Corruption Commission alleges she used a state government corporate card to buy more than $30,000 worth of items for her own use between September 2013 and July 2017.

Court documents also claim the 52-year-old “dishonestly applied to her own use” items belonging to the Queensland Museum, of which she was also chief executive. 

The items include a polaroid camera, pink LED lights, a Gold Smart scooter and a high-pressure cleaner.

Miller was suspended on full pay in 2017 after she was charged with a separate fraud offence in July.

The state’s corruption watchdog alleges she dishonestly gained private health insurance worth $45,000 as an employee of the Queensland Museum between February 2014 and July 2017.

Miller, who made no comment as she left court, had her matters adjourned to February 19. 

Sourcehttps://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/queensland-chief-scientist-in-court-on-31-new-charges-20180124-p4yyta.html