A company director has been charged with helping his public servant friend defraud $291,000 from Queensland taxpayers to fund home renovations.
A former public servant from Queensland who allegedly used taxpayers’ money to fund home renovations had help from a friend, a court has heard.
Former QBuild supervisor Glen Pelgrave, 49, was charged with fraud to the value of more than $291,000 on Thursday after allegedly charging work conducted on his home to a work account.
QBuild is now known as Building and Asset Services and is part of Queensland’s Department of Housing and Public Works.
Police say that between July 2009 and August 2010, Pelgrave approved 289 fraudulent invoices for work on a Department of Housing and Public Works property that was never carried out.
On Friday, Pelgrave’s friend Robert Hunter appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court also charged with fraud.
It’s alleged 46-year-old Hunter submitted the invoices as the director and sole employee of a company named Maitland.
Pelgrave remains in custody while Hunter was granted bail on Friday on condition he not communicate with his friend or leave the country.
The case was adjourned until September 1.
Pelgrave isn’t the first QBuild employee to be charged with fraud.
In 2009 an employee and a company director were jailed over a fake invoice scam that defrauded the government of more than $200,000.
Another QBuild worker received a suspended sentences for his role in the scheme.