Bikie gave 'cash payments' to Qld law firm

High-profile solicitor Michael Bosscher faces charges after a corruption watchdog investigation.
High-profile solicitor Michael Bosscher faces charges after a corruption watchdog investigation.

A Bandidos bikie paid $30,000 in cash to a Brisbane law firm at the centre of aggravated fraud allegations regarding under-the-table payments, a court has heard.

High-profile solicitor Michael Bosscher, solicitor Alexander Ralston Jones and law clerk Thomas William Strofield are facing a committal hearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court.

The trio were each charged with fraud in late 2017 after a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation into suspected criminal activity in the Queensland legal industry.

Bosscher, whose firm Bosscher Lawyers employed his two co-accused, faces an additional eight counts of fraudulently producing a false record.

The court has previously heard allegations the fraudulent behaviour occurred between November 2011 and September 2016, with Bosscher allegedly fraudulently producing unsigned cost agreements and tax invoices in 2015.

On Thursday, former gang member Dion Bradley Wallace testified he made a series of cash payments while engaging the firm for representation after being involved in a brawl known as the Broadbeach riot in 2013.

He said he paid all of his $30,000 in legal fees in cash to lawyer Tim Meehan, Bosscher's former business partner who is serving a five-and-a-half-year jail sentence for fraud and falsifying records over similar allegations.

There is no allegation of any wrongdoing by Mr Wallace regarding this matter, and he told the court he offered to pay in cash.

Natalie Watson, a financial investigator with the CCC, said 42 Bosscher clients formed the focus of the investigation.

She testified cash payments were transferred into the law firm's general account, rather than its trust fund as required by law.

Lawyers for Bosscher have previously indicated the charges will be defended "zealously".

The hearing continues.

Australian Associated Press