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Solicitor Tim Meehan jailed for fraud

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July 14, 2017

Former Brisbane solicitor Tim Meehan will be sentenced for receiving cash payments from clients.

A former high-profile Brisbane solicitor is set to find out how much time he will spend behind bars for receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash payments from clients.

Tim Meehan has been in custody since pleading guilty last month to one count of aggravated fraud and eight counts of fraudulently producing false documents.

The Brisbane Supreme Court heard on Thursday that Meehan encouraged 19 clients to pay him in cash so he could avoid his tax, bankruptcy and reporting obligations.

Prosecutor Michael Byrne QC said it was not possible to put an accurate figure on the total amount netted during the scheme because of the lack of official records.

Many of the estimated figures involved are from Meehan's recollection and are believed to have been the proceeds of crime.

However Mr Byrne said it was believed Meehan personally pocketed up to half a million dollars.

Meehan also alleged that two other people, known to the court as S1 and S2, profited from the scheme but they have denied those claims.

His defence barrister Tony Glynn QC has called for the 41-year-old to receive a total sentence of no more than five years, suspended after 12 to 18 months, given his early guilty plea and remorse.

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