Ex ABF officer ordered to repay stolen $94,000

By Shannon Jenkins

Tuesday August 24, 2021

Former Australian Border Force officer Pablo Olivares has been sentenced to more than two years' imprisonment and ordered to repay $93,898.75.
Former Australian Border Force officer Pablo Olivares has been sentenced to more than two years’ imprisonment and ordered to repay $93,898.75. (AAP Image/Darren England)

Former Australian Border Force (ABF) officer Pablo Olivares has this week been sentenced to more than two years’ imprisonment and ordered to repay $93,898.75 after pleading guilty to forgery and theft.

The criminal offences were committed between July 2016 and June 2017, and were uncovered during a joint investigation by the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI) and the Department of Home Affairs.

The investigation, Operation Adelaide, found Olivares made 134 unauthorised cash withdrawals, several unauthorised hotel bookings and an unauthorised car rental booking on his corporate credit card. He also used 13 false medical certificates to cover periods of sick leave and two false statutory declarations to substantiate charges made to his corporate credit card, purportedly signed and witnessed by a colleague, according to ACLEI.

“The former ABF officer used his position to obtain a financial benefit and cause a detriment by defrauding the Commonwealth. Mr Olivares deliberately used his official powers and discretions for an improper purpose in numerous instances,” ACLEI head Jaala Hinchliffe said.

“Providing false documents and forging signatures is a deliberate act of dishonesty, which is incompatible with the impartial exercise of an officer’s powers, authorities, duties or functions.”

Olivares’ supervisor had detected the potential corrupt conduct while completing his outstanding monthly credit card acquittals when Olivares was on personal leave. Olivares was stood down from his duties and formally resigned from the ABF a few months later.

Appearing before the Brisbane District Court on Monday morning, Olivares was sentenced to two-and-a-half-years imprisonment, and was ordered to repay $93,898.75. He may be released from prison after serving five months, conditional upon him entering into a recognizance in the sum of $1,000 and three years of good behaviour.


READ MORE:

ABF hits back at ‘misleading’ reports on international arrivals

About the author
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
The Mandarin Premium

Insights & analysis that matter to you

Subscribe for only $5 a week

Get Premium Today