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AFP Commissioner’s former right-hand man ‘defrauded agency of $47,000’

Related Story: AFP Commissioner's former right-hand man charged with 64 counts of fraud

The former right-hand man to the Australian Federal Police Commissioner used his corporate credit card to defraud the agency of $47,000, it will be alleged.

Key points:

  • Gary Fahey had worked as executive officer to AFP Commissioner since 2014
  • He's been charged with 64 counts of dishonestly causing loss to a Commonwealth entity
  • It's alleged Fahey used AFP-issued credit card to defraud agency of more than $47,000

Gary John Fahey, of Moorooka in Brisbane's south, had worked as executive officer to AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin since 2014.

He has been charged with 64 counts of dishonestly causing loss to a Commonwealth entity.

The case was listed in the ACT Magistrates Court today but Fahey was not required to appear and it was adjourned to November 30.

According to the summons, Fahey "dishonestly caused a loss to the AFP, knowing or believing that the loss would occur contrary to the Criminal Code".

The summons alleged that between August 2015 and November 2016, Fahey defrauded the AFP at various locations including Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Fahey, 40, was ordered to face court one week after the ABC put a series of written questions to AFP Media about allegations that Fahey misused his corporate credit card.

The AFP said it did not comment on professional standards investigations "for privacy reasons".

In a statement today, the AFP said "it will be alleged in court that he used his AFP-issued credit card that resulted in a loss to the Commonwealth of a total of $47,270".

The AFP said it was "committed to its members behaving in a manner that upholds the AFP's core values and the organisation's reputation and integrity".

"All AFP members are required to exercise their powers and conduct themselves in accordance with their legal obligations, and uphold the standards expected of them by Government, the Commissioner and the wider community," it said.

According to his LinkedIn account, which has now been taken down, Fahey had been executive officer to Mr Colvin since September 2014.

He described his role as "manage the strategic, operational and risk priorities of the Office of Commissioner; deliver high level research and support service to the Commissioner; develop, monitor and review strategic initiatives; establish and maintain effective liaison with partners and key stakeholders within Government, national and international law enforcement and the private and public sector; analyse critical factors for the provision of personal and professional security to the Commissioner; provide close protection and security advice as required".

He is also managing director of a company called Phase Risk Solutions, "a global security consulting company focused on protecting people, property and reputation".

Fahey began his career in the AFP as a surveillance officer, before moving to East Timor as a senior liaison officer, providing security and policing counsel to the Australian Head of Mission.

From 2003 to 2014, he worked in close personal protection teams including the Australian prime minister's protection team and the US secretary of state.

In 2011, he moved to Canberra as a senior project officer to the Deputy Commissioner, before joining the Commissioner's office in 2014.


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