Basin Plan

Queensland cotton farmer charged with $20m Murray-Darling plan fraud

28 August 2018

Kerry Brewster, The Guardian
28 August 2018

One of Australia’s most successful cotton irrigators has been charged with conspiring to defraud the commonwealth of more than $20m.

Queensland’s former cotton farmer of the year, John Norman, 43, was charged on Tuesday with six counts of fraud involving commonwealth funds allocated for water efficiency projects under the Murray-Darling basin plan.

A second man, Stephen Evans, 53, the chief financial officer for Norman Farming, was charged with four counts of fraud relating to his alleged involvement in the lodgment of fraudulent claims.

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