A high profile lawyer representing bikes, strippers and rugby players has been prosecuted on charges of laundering money for clients.
Campbell MacCallum, founding partner of MMA Lawyers on the Gold Coast, faces multiple indictments of serious crimes after a 16-month investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).
Charges against the 46-year-old include three cases of money laundering, two cases of fraud, two cases of dangerous drug delivery and three cases of dangerous drug possession.
“Money laundering is alleged to be proceeds from serious criminal offenses paid by clients for legal services provided by the firm,” the CCC said in a statement.
“It is further alleged that the frauds were committed against Legal Aid Queensland.”
Mr MacCallum was previously charged by the CCC on two cases of possession of a dangerous drug in July 2020.
The Gold Coast attorney’s partner, 38-year-old Nicole Anne Crisp, has also been charged with four cases of possession of a dangerous drug.
It comes after MacCallum’s house was searched in July as part of the investigation.
The couple are expected to stand before Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 13th.
CCC chairman Alan MacSporran QC said criminal allegations by individuals associated with the legal profession are worrying.
“In my opinion, any alleged criminal offense committed by anyone associated with the legal profession is very serious,” said MacSporran.
“Legal Aid Queensland helps Queenslanders deal with the legal system. Any legal aid fraud ultimately affects taxpayers and the financially disadvantaged people who need access to their services. “
News.com.au has contacted Mr. MacCallum’s office for comment.
The Queensland attorney has represented a number of clients in high-profile criminal cases, including a stripper who allegedly stabbed a friend’s wrist for taking a picture of her without permission.
Tori Uila Darrington has been charged with aggravated assault. The incident allegedly occurred while she was drinking with a friend at a unit in Southport, Gold Coast, on November 4th.
The woman allegedly took a picture of Ms. Darrington on a bed without her permission, which, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin, sparked an argument between the couple in which Ms. Darrington is accused of cutting her friend’s wrist with a piece of glass.
Other well-known customers are the double killer Lionel Patea, who is serving two life sentences for brutally murdering his ex-partner Tara Brown and the pool builder Greg Dufty.
Mr. MacCallum also represented former Gold Coast Titans players Greg Bird, Dave Taylor, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Jamie Dowling, Ashley Harrison and Joe Vickery when they became involved in an alleged cocaine syndicate.
He also represented former Black Uhlans bikie Steven Smith after he was accused of stabbing Gold Coast millionaire Paul Picone.
News.com.au does not suggest that any of these customers were involved in the CCC allegations against Mr. MacCallum.