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October 2019

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The CPNQ is a non-profit incorporated association whose membership consists of individual organisations with a proactive interest in the prevention of fraud and corruption in the public, education and private sectors.

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Any views expressed in this newsletter do not necessarily represent the views of the CPNQ Committee or CPNQ affiliates.

Deterring, Preventing, Detecting Fraud & Corruption
  • Journalists who publish stories based on leaked Government documents are being treated as though they have received "stolen goods", an inquiry into press freedom has heard... He said the warrant on the ABC was issued with a "patchwork of laws" which relied on the criminal offence of "receipt of stolen goods".

  • Whistle-blowers and government secrets - The debate on prosecution of "whistle-blowers" is characterised by hypocrisy and posturing all round. The need for free-speech, the public's "right to know", and the "right" of journalists to protect their sources have been debated in the media, and played out in the legal system in recent months. So far, officialdom appears to have the upper hand in dealing with leakers and the Press.

  • Mystery shopper surveillance ramped up to ensure consumers get what they pay for - Over the next 12 months the Federal Government will ramp up surveillance on retailers under the National Compliance Plan (NCP) to ensure shoppers are getting what they pay for.

Fraud & Corruption Risk
  • Woman steals almost half a million dollars from employers to buy 'personal lifestyle goods' - Prosecutor Stephen Robson said the money was taken in direct bank transfers over 147 transactions and that many of the transactions were disguised by using legitimate business account names and invoice numbers.

  • Scammer Successfully Deepfaked CEO's Voice To Fool Underling Into Transferring $359,000 - The CEO of an energy firm based in the UK thought he was following his boss’s urgent orders in March when he transferred funds to a third-party. But the request actually came from the AI-assisted voice of a fraudster.


A bit of humour
Extract from 7 things you should never say to a police officer

When asked if there are drugs in your car, house, pants, purse or like locations, the answer should never be “I don’t think so” or “probably not.” Personally, I know what is in my car, house and wallet. Drugs are not on the list. If asked, I will definitely answer in the negative. There will be no hesitation or wavering. When you are uncertain, our spidey senses go off.

Yep. It was said…and I heard it. We were called to a theft at a chain retailer and eventually made an arrest. As I was patting down the arrested person, I asked him if he had anything illegal on his person. His response was, "These ain’t my pants." After an incredulous look and some back and forth, I asked him why he would tell me he was not wearing pants that belonged to him. His response was classic: “Because the crack cocaine in the front pocket ain’t mine either.”


Training & Information Sharing Opportunities

CPNQ Events

  • Thursday 24 October from 12pm - 1pm, David Toma, Director Queensland Audit Office will present: Managing cyber security risks. Venue: UQ City Campus at 293 Queen Street. Click to Register

  • Wednesday 20 November 2019 CPNQ Annual General Meeting from 12 midday to 2 pm at Customs House. CPNQ Patron, Alan MacSporran the Crime and Corruption Commission Chairperson will give a presentation of the year in review for the CCC. A short CPNQ AGM will be also held. The event will be followed by lunch at Customs House. Cost for lunch will be $40.

Other Organisation's Events

  • Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference - APSAC - Melbourne: 29-31 October 2019

ACFE Brisbane Chapter Events

Go to ACFE Brisbane

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Convenor's Message

Dear CPNQ members

Next event

We are excited to announce that David Toma, Director at The Queensland Audit Office will be presenting at our next scheduled event at 12 midday to 1 pm on Thursday 24 October 2019 at the UQ City Campus at 293 Queen

David will share insights from the QAO’s very interesting report “Managing cyber security risks” which made the news recently for its use of “ethical hackers”

Please register for our October event now as seats will fill quickly and it will be first in or miss out. Please let us know if you register and can’t make as we will keep a stand by list.

AGM, Patron Presentation and Lunch

Please set aside Wednesday 20 November 2019 in your calendar. Our Annual General Meeting will be held that day during our final session for 2019 from 12 midday to 2 pm at the beautiful heritage Customs House (thank you to University of Qld and David Lavell our enterprising and effective events Coordinator).

Our Patron, Alan MacSporran the Crime and Corruption Commission Chairperson will give a presentation of the year in review for the CCC – and what a year it has been. We will soon call for nominations for next years management committee.

We have also organised with Customs House for a special two course lunch and drink for $40 per head if you would like to join us for a final social event for the CPNQ for 2019.

I look forward to seeing you at the next two events.


Jim Meyers

Thanks to our Contributors
We would like to thank all our contributors for sharing articles of interest.

Words of Wisdom

Every society has the criminals it deserves.

Emma Goldman


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