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Australia Department of Communities executive Paul Whyte's alleged corruption may total $25m, court told

13:20  15 november  2019
13:20  15 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Senior WA public servant charged with corruption over $2.5 million rort

  Senior WA public servant charged with corruption over $2.5 million rort Department of Communities assistant director general Paul Whyte, 56, has been charged with two counts of official corruption. A second man, who is not a public servant, 43, of Como, has also been charged with two Police swooped on properties in Mosman Park in Perth on Thursday in a dramatic bid "to prevent further loss of any government funds". Both men are in police custody and have had bail refused.WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the charges related to alleged criminal activity with a combined value of more than $2.5 million of public money.

Department of Communities stole up to $ 25 million or 10 times more than he is currently charged with, a court has heard. Whyte faced Perth Magistrates Court on Friday, where police prosecutors opposed a bail, saying the investigation was ongoing and there was evidence the total theft was

Police prosecutors have revealed in court this morning that the men at the centre of what could be Australia’ s most serious case of public sector corruption could have stolen as much as million. BREAKING: Bailed corruption accused ‘could have stolen $ 25 m ’.

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Police investigating corruption claims against a senior WA public service executive now say as much as $25 million may be involved in a false invoicing scheme that took place over several years, a court has been told.

Department of Communities assistant director general Paul Whyte, 56, was yesterday charged with two counts of official corruption after a joint WA Police and Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) investigation.

WA Department of Communities assistant director general charged over $2.5 million fraud

  WA Department of Communities assistant director general charged over $2.5 million fraud The assistant director general of WA's Department of Communities has been charged with corruption for allegedly stealing more than $2.5 million of public money.Paul Whyte, 56, and a 43-year-old man who cannot be identified were arrested today after search warrants were executed in the Perth metropolitan area.

The West Australian can reveal the name of the second man allegedly behind the $ 2 . 5 million public sector swindle ahead of the duo’ s court appearance on corruption charges.

Corruption and Crime Commission chief executive Ray Warnes said that if proven, "this may The men were each charged with two counts of corruption after raids on two Mosman Park properties Mr Whyte was in charge of audit and integrity at the department until about six months ago when it was

A second man, Jacob Daniel Anthonisz, 43, who is not employed in the public sector, was also charged.

WA Police originally said the amount being investigated was more than $2.5 million, but this amount was dramatically increased during the men's first appearance in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday morning.

Paul Whyte appears at Perth Magistrates Court for the first time since his charge. © ABC Paul Whyte appears at Perth Magistrates Court for the first time since his charge. It is alleged the pair created false invoices and then transferred the money into company bank accounts before withdrawing it for personal use.

The court was told each single amount was allegedly just below $50,000, to avoid the requirement for higher approval within the Department of Communities.

Jacob Anthonisz appears in court after being charged with corruption offences. © ABC NEWS Jacob Anthonisz appears in court after being charged with corruption offences. The funds were allegedly paid to two companies, Quadrant Analytics and iValuate, which were not approved for the work purportedly carried out.

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Paul Whyte , from Western Australia's Department of Communities , and another 43-year-old man are Mr Dawson would only describe Mr Whyte ' s associate as being "in a very strong and close Corruption and Crime Commission chief executive Ray Warnes said that if proven, "this may be the

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They were then allegedly used for personal expenditure and bills, and for a horse stud in New Zealand.

The court was told the pair's long-time friendship extended to ownership of racehorses.

Alleged corruption over more than a decade

The court heard police were investigating whether false invoicing totalling $20 to $25 million had taken place going back to 2008, associated with Mr Whyte's previous roles as general manager of the Department of Housing and executive director of property registry agency Landgate.

The police prosecutor told the court he had worked as a public servant for 25 years.

Mr Whyte, who has been suspended from his senior executive position, and Mr Anthonisz were both granted bail.

The prosecution had opposed bail for both men, arguing Mr Whyte was a flight risk and could influence current and former employees.

Jacob Anthonisz appears in court after being charged with corruption offences. © ABC NEWS Jacob Anthonisz appears in court after being charged with corruption offences. The pair had to surrender their passports and both are scheduled to appear in court again next month.

Corruption-accused public servant hospitalised after incident at his home amid WA probe

  Corruption-accused public servant hospitalised after incident at his home amid WA probe Paul Whyte, the man at the centre of a Western Australia corruption probe, worth up to $25 million has been hospitalised after an emergency incident at his home.Police and emergency services, including a HAZMAT team, responded to the call at Mr Whyte's home in the wealthy suburb of Mosman Park.

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The charges followed a raid on Mr Whyte's house in the leafy western Perth suburb of Mosman Park, which according to property records was bought for $2.9 million in 2012.

WA Attorney-General John Quigley earlier today described his outrage and anger at the charges.

Mr Quigley said he was limited in what he could reveal, but he said West Australians would know more once the investigation was completed.

"The public is going to have to be patient because this is very, very large and serious," he said.

"This is the start of the investigation, not the end of it."

Public servants urged to tell all

Mr Quigley said the investigation would aim to trace any corruption back to its roots.

The department's annual report said Mr Whyte was "responsible for internal governance, standards and integrity" in his role.

"The person who was doing the checking, it's alleged was the fraudster," Mr Quigley said.

He encouraged public servants to come forward and assist the CCC with its investigation.

"I advise any public servant with knowledge of this, or any public servant with knowledge of corruption, to contact the CCC this morning," he said.

Robbed from the most vulnerable: money swindled in WA corruption scandal could have put a roof over thousands

  Robbed from the most vulnerable: money swindled in WA corruption scandal could have put a roof over thousands The agency charged with advocating for homeless people and social housing needs is outraged at the "breathtaking" corruption scandal unfolding at the Department of Communities. Last week it emerged that while Western Australia was in the thick of a social housing crisis, with more than 9000 people homeless each night and more than 14,000 on the social housing wait list, up to $25 million in public funds may have been stolen by one of the department's bosses.

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"A list is being prepared of people to examine.

"It is best to go to the CCC today."

WA Premier Mark McGowan described the allegations as "appalling" and said the Public Sector Commission would launch an independent review into the claims, in addition to the CCC investigation.

"If proven, these allegations are absolutely appalling and will be a complete betrayal of every West Australian," he said.

"I know people across the community do a great job and often don't get paid a lot of money for it, and every West Australian would be shocked and outraged by these allegations."

Mr McGowan said legislative changes introduced in 2018 had given the CCC the powers it needed to pursue the allegations, including unexplained wealth provisions which allowed for the freezing of assets.

Department of Communities director general Michelle Andrews said she was "disappointed" by the allegations.

"I have been the director general of the Department of Communities for just over six months and have found the Department of more than 6,000 outstanding employees to be dedicated and committed professionals," she said.

Ms Andrews said she had taken steps to appoint an interim replacement for Mr Whyte from outside of WA.

Paul Whyte alleged $25m fraud sparks major changes to WA public sector oversight and spending .
Major changes will be made to the governance and oversight of Western Australia's public sector in the wake of shocking allegations of prolonged corruption within the state's Housing Authority.In response to the allegations around former Department of Communities assistant director general Paul Whyte, the WA Government has ordered public sector agencies to improve oversight of spending.

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