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Australia 'Corrupt' WA health bureaucrats face court

22:25  25 march  2020
22:25  25 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Two ex-bureaucrats at the centre of Perth's North Metropolitan Health Service corruption scandal have faced court for the first time, more than 18 months after being exposed in an explosive Corruption and Crime Commission report.

According to the 2018 report, John Fullerton, David Mulligan and Shaun Ensor took gratuities including overseas flights, accommodation and boozy lunches from 11 contractors for a decade, giving them ongoing work in exchange.

The CCC said contractors also handed over envelopes containing thousands of dollars in cash to keep the work flowing.

The watchdog alleged Fullerton, a former NMHS executive director of facilities management, even used contractors to renovate his home then helped them to fraudulently invoice the service about $170,000 for the works.

Fullerton and Mulligan both fronted Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday and are scheduled to appear again on June 3.

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