Gympie medical centre fraudster applies for bail

A HERVEY Bay fraudster who had interests in numerous medical centres across Queensland including in Gympie, Biloela and Cooroy, has successfully convinced a judge to set a hearing date so he can apply to be released from jail.

Ronald James Richardson told Brisbane Supreme Court judge John Bond it was a "major concern" the parole board was taking so long to process his application.

He asked for a hearing date so a clear deadline could be set.

Richardson was sentenced to four years jail in 2013 after a jury found him guilty of fraud.

He was the owner of Fraser Shores Medical Centre at Hervey Bay and sold this to a doctor.

He then proposed to buy it back in 2008, and offered shares to investors but the jury found he did not use this money to buy the centre.

Richardson, representing himself yesterday, said he was granted parole in February this year, but he was placed back behind bars after he was charged with another offence.

Richardson told the court he was granted parole again in March but the parole was suspended the day before he was set to be released.

"What I'm really concerned about here is that all of a sudden … what (the parole board is) asking for now is a three week period to get some affidavit material to me, which I would presume they already have available," he said.

Justice Bond said this might not be the case but Mr Richardson added the process was being prolonged.

"Next thing you know we'll be getting a hearing date sometime in September or October just so we can hear this matter."

Justice Bond said Richardson made a valid point that this case should be given urgent attention.

A hearing date for Richardson's parole was set for July 20. 

Gympie Times


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