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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    CMC secures forfeiture of criminal’s assets worth $5.5m

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Thursday, September 30, 2010

    CMC secures forfeiture of criminal’s assets worth $5.5m

    The Crime and Misconduct Commission’s fight against organised crime made substantial inroads in 2009-10, with the net value of assets forfeited by criminals reaching a record $5.5 million.

    Attorney-General Cameron Dick said the record forfeitures were part of the CMC’s efforts to recover the proceeds of crime.

    “There is no doubt the CMC has made a significant contribution in the last 12 months to combating major crime by achieving record results,” Mr Dick said.

    “As well as securing the forfeiture of assets worth $5.5 million – the highest annual total in the organisation’s history – the CMC also restrained criminal proceeds worth more than $19.5m, exceeding its own target by 30 per cent.

    “From record results in the number of tactical operations undertaken (43) to seizing drugs with an estimated street value of $4.5m, the CMC’s crime-fighting operations have had success in 2009-10.

    “The CMC also worked with police to investigate two major drug operations, resulting in the arrest of more than 75 people on 342 charges.”

    The figures were outlined in the CMC’s annual report, which was tabled in Parliament today by Mr Dick. Also tabled was the annual report of the Public Trustee.

    Mr Dick said the CMC’s annual report showed that the corruption watchdog was active in its role as an oversight body for the public sector and the Queensland Police Service.

    “During the year, 179 public sector matters were closely scrutinised by the CMC,” he said.

    “In 93 per cent of those matters, the CMC was satisfied with the way the agency dealt with compliance and integrity issues.

    “The CMC is a crucial and independent vehicle in ensuring the accountability and integrity of the public sector and the safety of Queenslanders.”

    In other key achievements in 2009-10, the CMC:
    • received 4665 complaints containing more than 11,000 allegations, 97 per cent of which were assessed within one month
    • passed $100 million in assets restrained since civil confiscation legislation commenced in 2002
    • finalised 42 civil confiscation matters, more than doubling the target of 20
    • conducted investigative crime hearings over 162 days, resulting in 101 arrests and 455 charges and
    • handled 4513 allegations against public sector officials, excluding QPS.

    Mr Dick said the Public Trustee’s annual report revealed that it had delivered free services worth $22.1 million to the Queensland community in 2009-10.

    “In the past year alone, the Public Trustee prepared almost 24,000 free wills and 3600 enduring powers of attorney for Queenslanders,” he said.

    “It also provided more than $15 million in funding for free or subsidised services to help disadvantaged Queenslanders who may not be able to afford the services or legal protection they need.

    “The Public Trustee helped more than 7400 clients with impaired capacity to manage their financial affairs, including preparing more than 3000 tax returns on behalf of its clients.”

    Other highlights in the 2009-10 annual report show the Public Trustee has:
    • planned and developed new offices to expand its services across the state, including the new Sunshine Coast Regional Office
    • increased funds in the Philanthropic Trusts under management to $64 million
    • overseen almost $1.17 billion in funds under management to protect clients’ assets.

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    Office of the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations 3239 3487