Judge wants tight rein on dodgy Ipswich accountant

AN Ipswich accountant who defrauded more than $119,000 has been told he should be under parole supervision on his release from prison in case he returned to the profession.

Brett Cameron Smallwood tried to argue the five-year jail sentence he received was manifestly excessive when he took his case to the Queensland Court of Appeal.

He also suggested he should have received a suspended sentence instead of a parole eligibility date.

But Justice Robert Gotterson dismissed the appeal.

"There is a significant possibility, if not probability, that he (Smallwood) will seek employment as an accountant when he is at liberty to do so," he said in a judgment handed down yesterday.

"Having regard to this and also to his attempt to cover the tracks of this offending, I consider that it is in the community interest that he be under parole supervision in the early stages of his return to the workforce."

Smallwood filed tax returns through his firm Beecham-Smallwood for two clients, Kensington Investments and MGB Maintenance Services, in 2002 and kept $119, 918.61.


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