THE $50,000 at the centre of a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation of former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale made a brief appearance in Brisbane before it was confiscated from Mr Pisasale at Melbourne Airport.

The Courier-Mail can reveal the money was allegedly brought into Queensland from China and then taken to Melbourne and given to the man who was to take it to Brisbane.

Former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale leaves the police watch house in Brisbane.
Former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale leaves the police watch house in Brisbane. Dan Peled/AAP

Pisasale was stopped with the money by Australian Federal Police on May 13 as he tried to carry it to Queensland for his barrister friend, Sam Di Carlo.

Flight records seen by The Courier-Mail show Chinese man Guangwei Tian, who claims he brought the money into the country to settle a legal dispute involving his son and sister-in-law, flew out of Shanghai on April 20. He arrived in Brisbane on April 21.

In a signed statutory declaration, Guangwei said he flew to Melbourne the same day and gave the money to his son Hui "Martin" Tian, a wanted man at the time.
 

Brisbane barrister Sam Di Carlo
Brisbane barrister Sam Di Carlo

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