Fraud says parole board conspiring to keep him locked up

Convicted fraud Brian John Kelly is seeking parole.
Convicted fraud Brian John Kelly is seeking parole. Courier Mail

A MAN who stole $1.3 million from 40 victims claims the Queensland Parole Board is making "false and misleading" claims to keep him behind bars.

Brian John Kelly on Tuesday faced a brief parole hearing before Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Martin Daubney.

Kelly pleaded guilty in 2013 to fraud and money laundering over a scam that netted him about $1.3 million from 40 victims across Queensland including people in Kingaroy, Toowoomba and Stanthorpe.

He used the money to fund a glamorous jetset lifestyle and a $1000 a day drug habit.

He committed the crimes while he was on bail for other matters and was sentenced to eight years and seven months.

"Over the last few months there has been a lot of false and misleading claims asserted from Queensland parole in regards to the reasons for my term of imprisonment and my risk to the community," Kelly told Justice Daubney.

Kelly did not outline what the claims were, but he submitted documents to the court for its consideration.

Late last year, he appealed his sentence but that was overturned.

In delivering his decision at the time, Queensland Court of Appeal Justice Philip Morrison said Kelly devised an "elaborate organisational facade" to convince people his operations were real.

Justice Morrison said this included using one company with a similar name to a legitimate company and the name of a real business operator.

"They (the victims) told of the devastation upon discovering that they had been duped, and the significant impact on their lives, from losing their invested money," Justice Morrison said in his appeal decision.

"Many were at or close to retirement age and the loss of the money not only harmed their finances but caused embarrassment and strain on family relations.

"Many said their lives had been ruined.

"Others expressed their shock and anger, and detailed the detrimental effect on their physical and mental health.

"For one the pain was acute as he persuaded his daughter to invest as well."

Justice Daubney will make a ruling about the parole application at a later date.

- NewsRegional

Topics:  brian john kelly brisbane supreme court court of appeal justice philip morrison crime fraud justice martin daubney parole queensland parole board

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