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Charlie Kohn

Charlie Kohn

Deputy Independent Assessor

Adam Jewell

Adam Jewell

Principal Investigator - Department of Education

Corruption Investigations – Leadership and Management


In October 2016, the Crime & Corruption Commission commenced Operation Windage to investigate allegations of fraud and corruption related to the Ipswich City Council. The investigation resulted in 16 people, including council employees, two mayors, two Chief Executive Officers and one Chief Operating Officer being charged with criminal offences, including official corruption.

On Tuesday 9 March 2021 please join us for a special presentation from Operation Windage lead investigators Charles Kohn and Adam Jewell on the investigation that ultimately led to the incarceration of the former Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale for fraud and corruption.

The presentation is a key opportunity for ACFE members and anti-fraud professionals to get a special insight into a protracted and significant fraud and corruption investigation, hearing from the practical experience of the investigators involved, and covering the administration, coordination, management and closure of the investigation.


Date: Tuesday 9 March 2021

Venue: Virtual Live Event

Time: 5.30pm start time (Duration for 1 hr)

Cost: $20 (ACFE Members), $25 (Non-ACFE Members)

Registration: Registration for the event is through eventbrite.  Once you have registered through Eventbrite and paid for the event you will receive an email containing all the login details for the live event to your nominated email address.

Charlie Kohn Bio:

Charlie’s qualifications include a bachelor of justice and master of laws (public law). Since joining the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in 1986, Charlie has investigated high-profile criminal offending in Queensland including murders, drug trafficking, extortion, money laundering, official corruption and fraud. For three years, Charlie coordinated QPS state-wide detective training courses before becoming officer in charge of a regional criminal investigation branch in Brisbane. In 2007, Charlie was a senior investigator with the national amphetamine type stimulants determination for the Australian Crime Commission. In 2008, he joined the Crime and Misconduct Commission as operations leader coordinating mutli-disciplinary covert organised crime and networked paedophilia investigations. Charlie spent a year as the QPS / Queensland health Liaison manager before becoming an operations coordinator (corruption) with the Crime and Corruption Commission for a period of four years. Charlie is now the Deputy Independent Assessor with the Office of the Independent Assessor, which assesses, investigates and prosecutes misconduct involving local government councillors in Queensland.


Adam Jewell Bio:

Adam’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Policy studies from the Australian National University, various qualifications in management, investigations, training and integrity. Adam joined the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in 1995 and spent most of his career conducting investigations in units such as the State Crime Command, Criminal Investigation Branch and the Child Protection Unit. He lectured for the QPS Detective Training Program and worked for the Federal law enforcement agency, the Australian Crime Commission and Queensland’s preeminent integrity agency, the Crime and Corruption Commission. Adam has conducted numerous protracted investigations, including a 2007 arrest of a suspect for manslaughter which was upheld at the court of appeal, achieving a successful conviction after a public campaign associated with ‘one punch can kill’ homicides. Since leaving the QPS in 2018, Adam maintained his focus of working in the integrity field, managing a team of investigators at the Department of Education and currently acting as Manager of investigations at the Regulatory Authority for Early Childhood Education and Care.