Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie. Kari Bourne

Review criticises how CMC handled Qld Health fraud

ATTORNEY-General Jarrod Bleijie has wasted no time in releasing the Callinan Review into the Crime and Misconduct Commission which criticise how the agency handled the multi-million dollar Queensland Health fraud.

Ian Callinan and Professor Nicholas Aroney were scathing in their appraisal of how the CMC and the Queensland Health Ethical Standards Unit handled complaints of fraud and misappropriation by fake Tahitian prince Joel Morehu-Barlow.

Barlow was jailed for 14 years in March for fleecing more than $16 million form the coffers of Queensland Health to fund his lavish and extravagant lifestyle.

The report was released in April, however the pages which looked at the bungled investigations into the Barlow fraud were held back until the CMC released its own report this week.

The Attorney-General seized the opportunity to make public Mr Callinan's and Professor Aroney's own take on the bungled investigation.

"How was it possible that in any properly managed department he could get away with what he did for so long?" Mr Callinan questioned in his report.

"Plainly, people who should have been managing were not managing.

"No one involved should be proud of their conduct or in our opinion can justify or excuse what happened here."

The report also revealed the Queensland Nurses' Union made a detailed submission which complained of the disparity between the rigour applied to the investigation and prosecution of its members for alleged payroll fraud and the apparent lack of diligence into the affairs of Barlow.