Whyte corruption: Female bookkeeper charged over multi-million-dollar scam
Police investigating Western Australia's biggest public sector theft have charged a third person over the alleged corruption.The 45-year-old woman is believed to be a bookkeeper, who police say "acted in concert" with sacked senior public servant Paul Whyte, 56, and physiotherapist Jacob Anthonisz, 43.
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Police have seized 800,000 bottles of alcohol from a syndicate that was allegedly defrauding the tax system, potentially costing the government hundreds of millions of dollars.
Australian Border Force (ABF) and Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers raided 15 properties across Sydney and Melbourne on Wednesday.
Two men were arrested and police seized $1million in cash, designer watches, four luxury cars, and gold coins along with the booze.
The investigation was ongoing and more charges were expected to be laid.
ABF Commissioner Michael Outram said the group used a complex scheme to avoid paying duty on alcohol being brought into the country and then fraudulently claim duty refunds on alcohol they exported.
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Icon is seeking to recoup more than $30 million in costs it has forked out to fix the building and accommodate owners who were evacuated.The construction company that built the cracked Opal Tower in Sydney's west is blaming "shortcomings" by the building's structural design engineer for the damage and wants it to cover a bill of more than $30 million it has footed to fix the problems.
And why is our government now systematically hiding these adjustments from public sight? I'm not one to see a conspiracy under every bush. But our countries' history includes a goodly number of fully documented government conspiracies, the Watergate conspiracy being perhaps the best known.
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'[It's] incredibly rare to see a fraud on this scale,' he said in a press conference Thursday, thereports.
Commissioner Outram said the group had milked around $28 million through the scheme but the final cost to taxpayers could surge well into nine figures as the investigation continued.
He said the major criminal operation had allegedly defrauded the Australian government of a substantial amount of revenue that could have otherwise been invested in the community.
'The individuals allegedly involved in this scam have not only been defrauding the Commonwealth of significant revenue, but also undercutting legitimate businesses involved in the alcohol trade, and ripping off consumers in the process. '
Corruption-accused civil servant Paul Whyte's arrest a 'moment of crisis' that lost public trust
The head of WA's Department of Communities says Paul Whyte's arrest was a "moment of crisis" that sent "shockwaves" through the workforce, and a lot of work is required to restore public confidence in the organisation.Mr Whyte, 56, was last month charged with two counts of official corruption over allegations he falsified invoices to steal $2.5 million dollars in public funds.
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A 38-year-old Dover Heights man and a 33-year-old Parramatta man faced Sydney Central court on Thursday and were granted bail.
The penalty for their charges ranged from ten to 25 years.
They were scheduled to appear in court again on February 4, 2020.
Operation Cabestro commenced in July 2019 after anomalies in duty paid or claimed through the duty drawback scheme were flagged by officials.
The licence of a depot believed to have been involved in the alleged fraud had been cancelled by authorities.
Depots work under strict regulations to securely store imported goods that duty had not been paid on.
'To people in our supply chain who are infiltrating it, who are abusing positions of trust with licences, if you're doing the wrong thing criminally, we're coming after you,' the ABC reported him to say.
In some instances, the batch numbers had been removed from bottles to stop customs officials tracing their origin.
The Duty Drawback Scheme enables exporters to obtain a refund of customs duty paid on imported goods if those goods were to be subsequently exported.
Gordon Wood loses malicious prosecution appeal .
The state's highest court has ruled that Gordon Wood was not maliciously prosecuted for the murder of his girlfriend Caroline Byrne, rejecting his bid for a damages payout. Mr Wood, 57, spent more than three years behind bars for the murder of the Sydney model before he was acquitted of the crime in February 2012. The NSW Court of Criminal Appeal found the guilty verdict was "unreasonable" and suicide could not be excluded.A jury had initially found Mr Wood guilty in November 2008 of murdering Ms Byrne, 24, by throwing her off a cliff at The Gap in Watsons Bay in June 1995.