Eight sacked Logan councillors have fraud charges dropped

Eight former Logan City councillors have had fraud charges against them dropped, almost two years since the charges prompted the sacking of the entire council.

Eight sacked Logan councillors have fraud charges dropped

Eight former Logan City councillors have had fraud charges against them dropped, almost two years since the charges prompted the sacking of the entire council.

Former mayor Luke Smith is among those to have charges dropped, but he has been committed to stand trial on two counts of misconduct in public office.

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The eight had all been charged by Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC), which alleged the councillors colluded to dishonestly cause detriment to former council chief executive Sharon Kelsey by terminating her employment in 2018.

Ms Kelsey was later reinstated.

The charges prompted the sacking of the entire council by the Queensland Government.

Just four councillors were left after the suspensions, leading Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe to declare dismissal as the only option.

The fraud charges had carried a maximum penalty of 20 years' imprisonment.

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