Disgraced MP Scott Driscoll pleads guilty to 15 charges

FORMER Newman Government MP Scott Driscoll has pleaded guilty to 15 fraud charges in Brisbane District Court.

The former Redcliffe politician solicited thousands of dollars in secret commissions and falsified records during his term as the region's MP.

He was forced to resign in late 2013.

Earlier that year then-Premier Campbell Newman said the scrutiny of his colleague had "distracted the government from the task of taking Queensland forward".

Driscoll's plea comes days before he was due to face trial, Nine reports.

The court heard Driscoll falsified records during his involvement with the Queensland Retail Traders and Shopkeepers Association between 2011 and 2013.

His charged included 10 counts of fraudulently falsifying documents, one charge of fraud, two counts of fraud to the value of $30,000 or more and two charges in relation to the secret commissions.

The former politician, 41, was released on bail and is due to be sentenced on March 6.

Driscoll's wife Emma Jane Driscoll faced charges in relation to falsely creating meeting minutes, but avoided jail in September after pleading guilty.



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