South West health boss arrested, charged with fraud

A QUEENSLAND Health boss has been arrested and charged with three counts of fraud after discrepancies were found in financial documents the man was responsible for overseeing.

South West Hospital and Health Service chief executive Graeme Kelly, 53, is also accused of five counts of making a false claim as an official.

He has been stood down on full pay over the alleged offences which occurred between February 22 and August 19.

He is due to appear in the Roma Magistrates Court on November 26.

South West HHS covers 319,000 square kilometres of Queensland, serving a population of 26,000 people, 12 per cent of them indigenous.

The health district includes the towns of Roma, Charleville and St George.

Earlier this year, Joel Barlow, who claimed to be a Tahitian prince, was sentenced to 14 years in jail for defrauding Queensland Health of more than $16 million.