The ODT editorial:
Deloitte’s report into fraud at the Dunedin City Council has proved as damning as suspected.
Not only did it involve the pocketing of money from the sale of 152 vehicles, but it appears former team leader Brent Bachop was at the ”centre of” other potential issues.
The debacle is an indictment on the council and a serious warning to others. …
What makes it worse is the way several ”red flags” were ignored or investigated insufficiently.
These included Mr Bachop’s excessive lifestyle as well as questions over the years, including from Cr Lee Vandervis.
A Councillor actually raised issues around Bachop, and the Council fobbed him off. They just got Bachop to respond to the allegations, and didn’t investigate them. Shameful.
Were they too slack, too trusting, too complacent?
All of the above?
A classic instance concerns the finding Mr Bachop spent $102,908 on a council card – which was also used for vehicle serving and maintenance – on miscellaneous items, including soft drinks, chips, milk, chocolate biscuits, bread and fuel for personal vehicles.
Mr Bachop’s manager regularly signed off those expenses. Giving the benefit of the doubt, it would appear the manager simply did not check the details.
$100,000 on your work credit card, and no one said anything? Hey, it is just ratepayers money!
I sign off expense claims for others and often ask questions about what an item was for, especially if non trivial.
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, Dunedin City Council