Chief sci­en­tist on fraud count

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND’S chief sci­en­tist has been stood aside after be­ing charged with fraud over a $ 45,000 pri­vate health in­sur­ance claim.

Scot­tish- born Pro­fes­sor Suzanne Miller is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Crime and Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion and has been or­dered to sur­ren­der her UK and Australian pass­ports.

Po­lice al­lege the 52- yearold dis­hon­estly gained pri­vate health in­sur­ance as an em­ployee of the Queens­land Mu­seum be­tween Fe­bru­ary 2014 and July 2017. Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said Miller, also the mu­seum’s CEO, had been stood aside while the mat­ter was dealt with.

“I was shocked, just like any­one else, but ( the al­le­ga­tions) now need to run their nat­u­ral course through the jus­tice sys­tem,” she said.

Miller has been bailed and is ex­pected to ap­pear in the Bris­bane Mag­is­trates Court on Au­gust 8. Un­der bail con­di­tions, she is not al­lowed to at­tend the Queens­land Mu­seum.

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