Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has been referred to the Crime and Misconduct Commission after he reportedly received up to $150,000 in undeclared donations.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has been referred to Queensland’s corruption watchdog over revelations he received up to $150,000 in undeclared donations.
The state government has been investigating Mr Pisasale, but on Monday a local government department spokesperson said the matter had been referred to the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC).
Councillors don’t need to declare donations to the Queensland Electoral Commission, but are legally required to update their register of interests.
Mr Pisasale’s election campaign fund, Forward Ipswich, has reportedly received more than 30 separate donations worth $150,000 since the 2012 council poll.
None of those donations had been entered in his register.
Local Government Minister David Crisafulli last week said Mr Pisasale’s register and the fund were being investigated.
Under state laws a councillor who fails to complete or update a register of interest can be fined up to $9350.
Those who intentionally fail to complete or update a register of interests can be fined up to $11,000 and be disqualified for holding office for four years.
Comment has been sought from Mr Pisasale.