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Suspended Queensland Chief Scientist Suzanne Miller Charged with 31 More Fraud Offences

Suspended Queensland chief scientist Suzanne Miller has been charged with 31 additional fraud offences, with corruption authorities alleging she spent more $30,000 on a government corporate credit card for personal items.

The Crime and Corruption Commission issued a statement stating a 52-year-old female South Brisbane “suspended senior government employee” is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court in January 2018 to face fraud offences.

The alleged frauds relate to misuse of a government department corporate credit card to purchase items for her own use, exceeding $30,000 in value.

Professor Miller, 52, was stood aside after she was charged with fraud by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) in July.

It was alleged that between February 1, 2014 and July 24, 2017 Miller also dishonestly gained approximately $45,000 in benefit for herself using private health insurance of the Queensland Museum.

Born in Edinburgh, Professor Miller also held a range of advisory roles, including chair of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors.

Professor Miller was also the CEO and director of the Queensland Museum Network.

Professor Miller is also facing a charge of “uttering” relating to the alleged use a forged immigration letter.

Bail conditions for the fraud charges include that Miller had to surrender her UK and Australian passports.

Professor Miller must also not attend the museum or contact past or present museum staff, board members, employees of the Corporate Administration Agency, or contact any witnesses or potential witnesses.

Professor Miller was appointed to the role of chief scientist in December 2016.

She is the state’s third chief scientist and first woman to hold the post.

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