(Photo: Ipswich City Council. Supplied.)
UPDATE: Former Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale (pictured above) is denying he tried extorting money from a friend's former partner.
The 67-year-old has pleaded not guilty at the start of his trial today in the Brisbane District Court.
Pisasale is sitting in the dock alongside his co-accused, solicitor Cameron McKenzie and Yutian Li, who have each pleaded not guilty to extortion charges as well.
The court heard, Pisasale pretended to be a private investigator in early 2017, when he demanded money from Ms Lee’s former partner.
That man had lied to her about being single, when he was in fact married.
Former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale has pleaded not guilty to two counts of extortion.
67-year-old Pisasale's trial has begun in the Brisbane District Court today.
His co-accused, Cameron James McKenzie and Yutian Li, have also pleaded not guilty to extortion.