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Friday 17 March 2017

17-070MR Dr Roger Munro arrested and charged with fraud

Dr Roger Gareth Munro was arrested by Queensland Police officers today and brought before the Southport Magistrates Court, where he was formally charged with five counts of fraud under s408C of the Queensland Criminal Code, following an ASIC investigation.  Each charge carries a maximum period of imprisonment of 12yrs.

Dr Munro was released on conditional bail to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on 15 May 2017. Dr Munro's bail conditions include that he surrenders his passport, that he is to have no contact with certain prosecution witnesses and that he not leave Australia nor approach any point of international departure.

The matter is being prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

Background

On 24 July 2015, ASIC filed an application in the Supreme Court of Queensland seeking declarations and other orders in relation to the conduct of Dr Munro, in which ASIC alleged Dr Munro had breached s911A of the Corporations Act 2001 by carrying on a financial services business in Australia without an Australian Financial Services licence (15-201MR).

On 3 February 2016, the Supreme Court of Queensland found that Dr Munro had breached s911A of the Corporations Act 2001 and permanently restrained him carrying on a financial services business in Australia without holding an Australian financial services licence.  (16-023MR).

Editor's note:

Following the mention of the matter on 15 May 2017, the matter was adjourned until 17 July 2017. 

Editor's note 2:

Following the mention of the matter on 17 July 2017, the matter was adjourned until 21 August 2017.

Editor's note 3:

Following the mention of the matter on 21 August 2017, the matter was adjourned until 16 October 2017.

Editor's note 4:

Following the mention of the matter on 16 October 2017, the matter was adjourned until 20 November 2017.

Editor's note 5:

The charges were mentioned in the Southport Magistrates Court on 20 November 2017, where it was confirmed that Roger Munro has been committed to stand trial in the District Court at Southport on a date to be fixed.  Dr Munro remains on conditional bail.

Editor's note 6:

On Monday 12 March 2018, Dr Munro was indicted on 5 counts of fraud.  The matter has now been listed for mention in the Southport District Court on Thursday 15 March 2018.  Dr. Munro was not required to enter a plea and remains on conditional bail. 

Editor's note 7:

On Thursday 15 March 2018, the matter was adjourned for further mention on 19 April 2018.

Editor's note 8:

On Thursday 19 April 2018, the matter was adjourned for further mention on 18 May 2018.

Editor's note 9:

On Friday 18 May 2018, the matter was adjourned for further mention on 29 June 2018 in the Brisbane District Court.

Editor's note 10:

On Friday 29 June 2018, the matter was formally transferred to the Brisbane District Court and adjourned for further mention on 26 July 2018.

Editor's note 11:

On 26 July 2018, the matter was adjourned for further mention on 9 August 2018.

Editor's note 12:

On 9 August 2018, the matter was adjourned for further mention to 8 November 2018.

Editor's note 13:

On 8 November 2018, the matter was set down for a trial to commence on 11 March 2019.

Editor's note 14:

On 5 March 2019, Munro appeared in the Brisbane District Court where the trial to commence on 11 March 2019 was delisted. The matter will be mentioned again on 8 March 2019.

Editor's note 15:

On 8 March 2019, the matter was adjourned for further mention on 15 March 2019.

Editor's note 16:

On 15 March 2019, the matter was adjourned for further mention on 29 March 2019.

Editor's note 17:

On 29 March 2019, the matter was adjourned for further mention on 5 April 2019.

Editor's note 18:

On 5 April 2019, the matter was mentioned and has been listed for trial in the week commencing 23 September 2019. A trial review is listed for 13 September 2019.

Editor's note 19:

On 23 August 2019, the trial scheduled to commence on 23 September 2019 was formally delisted. The matter will be mentioned in the Brisbane District Court on 7 November 2019.

Editor's note 20:

On 7 November 2019 the matter was set down for a trial to commence on 30 March 2020.

Editor's note 21:

On 20 March 2020, the Munro trial was formally delisted and will be
mentioned in the Brisbane District Court on 29 May 2020.

Editor's note 22:

On 29 May 2020, the matter was listed for mention in the Brisbane District Court on 12 June 2020.

Editor's note 23:

On 12 June 2020, the matter was listed for mention in the Brisbane District Court on 10 July 2020.

Editor's note 24:

On 10 July 2020, the matter was listed for mention in the Brisbane District Court on 17 August 2020.

Editor's note 25:

On 17 August 2020, the matter was listed for trial to commence on Monday 22 March 2021.

Editor's note 26:

On 14 December 2020, the matter was mentioned in the Brisbane District Court. The trial scheduled to commence on 22 March 2021 was formally delisted and relisted to commence on 19 July 2021.

Editor's note 27:

On 8 March 2021, the matter was adjourned for further mention on 22 March 2021.

Editor's note 28: 

On 22 March 2021, the matter was adjourned for further mention on 6 April 2021.

Editor's note 29:

On 7 July 2021, the matter was mentioned in the Brisbane District Court and the trial continues to be set down to commence on Monday, 19 July 2021.

Last updated: 08/03/2019 12:00