The Courier-Mail

Cleaner digs dirt on ‘fraud’ QBuild worker accused of $300,000 in fake invoices

- DAVID MURRAY

A QBUILD supervisor accused of stealing $300,000 using fraudulent work invoices was brought undone by his cleaner, according to police.

Glenn William Pelgrave is accused of taking the money for up to three years with fake invoices for work at schools and government centres that was never performed.

But police claim Pelgrave’s scheme was exposed after he asked a cleaner to send QBuild an invoice for private work she had done at his home.

According to Supreme Court documents, after the cleaner blew the whistle and lodged a complaint against Pelgrave, QBuild ordered an investigat­ion and uncovered the alleged rort. The docu- ments were lodged as part of police attempts to freeze Pelgrave’s assets including his home, a Toyota Landcruise­r and a Larson Bowrider boat.

Pelgrave, 50, was charged in July last year with fraud and attempted fraud and was last month committed to stand trial in the District Court.

According to the civil court documents, he was authorised to approve payments of up to $1100 for goods or contractor­s at QBuild, now known as Building and Asset Services.

Police allege that between 2009 and 2012 he approved fraudulent invoices for work at up to 20 schools and three government centres. In some instances the work on the invoices was not performed, and in other cases it was completed by separate contractor­s.

They claim more than 300 invoices were made out to a company called Maitland (QLD) Pty Ltd, whose director was Pelgrave’s former neighbour Robert Hunter who was also charged with fraud. He once lived with Pelgrave. His estranged wife told police that when they separated in November 2011 Hunter claimed he had a breakdown.

The invoices were submitted by hand, an unusual practice confined to only 2 per cent of QBuild invoices.

It’s the latest fraud allegation involving a public servant. Fake prince Joel Morehu-Barlow was jailed for 14 years in 2013 for stealing $16.6 million from Queensland Health.

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