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Queensland Public Service Abuse of Flood Fund

Thomas Nott is accused of trying to fraudulently obtain more than $90K from the Premier's Disaster Relief Fund.

"It has to go through a long process before it gets anywhere near plea stage. There's a lot of disclosure that needs to occur. At this stage it's just too early for anything to be said in any way, shape or form" Michael McMillan (Mr. Nott's Lawyer)

Video: Queensland Public Service Abuse of Flood Fund

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News Reader: A government bureaucrat has faced court accused of trying to scam tens of thousands of dollars from the premier’s flood relief fund. It’s believed his home didn’t flood, but others in the street did and now his neighbours are very angry.

Reporter (Ashley McDermid): Thomas Nott walking out of Brisbane Magistrates court, accused of taking advantage of Australia’s generosity. The 44 year old is accused of trying to scam more than $90,000 from the premier’s disaster relief fund – donated money meant for victims of Queensland’s summer of sorrow. Parts of the government department worker’s street went under during the flood, but it’s believed not his part. Near Map satellite pictures show the water at only his back yard. The bureaucrat allegedly used forged repair quotes to claim the cash.

Michael McMillian: It has to go through a long process before it gets anywhere near plea stage. There's a lot of disclosure that needs to occur. At this stage it's just too early for anything to be said in any way, shape or form.

Reporter: Residents down the road who were flooded are angry.

Pauline (neighbour): To hear that some in our street has done that, I mean it’s really sad. In future, if we have another flood, people won’t want to donate.

Anne Bligh: If they are true it’s just despicable behaviour and I’m pleased that our checks and balances are picking up this kind of behaviour.

Reporter: Officially Thomas Nott is still working for the government, but is on leave until this matter is settled. His next court date is late next month.